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.]
1. A touching, controlling, managing, using, etc., with the hand or hands, or as with the hands. See Handle, v. t.
The heavens and your fair handling
Have made you master of the field this day. --Spenser.
2. Drawing, Painting, etc. The mode of using the pencil or brush, etc.; style of touch.
n 1: manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or
working with something
2: the action of touching with the hands or the skillful use of
the hands [syn: manipulation]
3: the management of someone or something; "the handling of
prisoners"; "the treatment of water sewage"; "the right to
equal treatment in the criminal justice system" [syn: treatment]