Han·dle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handled p. pr. & vb. n. Handling ]
1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand.
Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh. --Luke xxiv. 39.
About his altar, handling holy things. --Milton.
2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper. --Shak.
3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to house and handle their colts six months every year. --Sir W. Temple.
4. To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell; as, a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock.
5. To deal with; to make a business of.
They that handle the law knew me not. --Jer. ii. 8.
6. To treat; to use, well or ill.
How wert thou handled being prisoner? --Shak.
7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
You shall see how I will handle her. --Shak.
8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.
We will handle what persons are apt to envy others. --Bacon.
To handle without gloves. See under Glove. [Colloq.]
Han·dle v. i. To use the hands.
They have hands, but they handle not. --Ps. cxv. 7.
1. That part of vessels, instruments, etc., which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc.
2. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
To give a handle, to furnish an occasion or means.
n : the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in
order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the
handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good
grip" [syn: grip, handgrip, hold]
v 1: be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with
this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts";
"She managed her parents' affairs after they got too
old" [syn: manage, deal, care]
2: interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him
with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
[syn: treat, do by]
3: deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression;
"This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of
Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of
China" [syn: cover, treat, plow, deal, address]
4: touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the
merchandise" [syn: palm]
5: handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe" [syn: wield]
6: show and train; "The prize-winning poodle was handled by
Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"