- The definition of a handle is a part of something used for holding it.
An example of a handle is the part of the suitcase that one holds.
- Handle is defined as to hold or deal with something.
- An example of to handle is to hold a baby animal.
- An example of to handle is to manage a difficult work situation.
A person holds a case by its handle.
- that part of a utensil, tool, etc. which is to be held, turned, lifted, pulled, etc. with the hand
- a thing like a handle in appearance or use
- the total amount of money bet over a specified period of time, as at a racetrack
- ☆ Informal a person's name, nickname, or title
Origin of handleMiddle English handil ; from Old English handle (akin to Dutch handel) ; from hand, hand
transitive verbhandled, handling
- to touch, lift, etc. with the hand or hands
- to manage, operate, or use with the hand or hands; manipulate
- to manage, control, direct, train, etc.
- to deal with or treat in a particular way: to handle a problem tactfully
- to deal with successfully or appropriately
- Informal to come to terms with psychologically: he can't handle it
- ☆ to sell or deal in (a certain commodity)
- to behave toward; treat
Origin of handleME handlien < OE handlian
fly off the handle☆
get a handle on
verbhan·dled, han·dling, han·dles
- To touch, lift, or hold with the hands: You should wash your hands before you handle food.
- To operate with the hands; manipulate: can handle a jigsaw.
- To deal with or have responsibility for; conduct: handles matters of corporate law.
- To cope with or dispose of: handles problems efficiently.
- a. To direct, execute, or dispose of: handle an investment.b. To manage, administer to, or represent: handle a boxer.
- To deal or trade in the purchase or sale of: a branch office that handles grain exports.
- A part that is designed to be held or operated with the hand: the handle of a suitcase; the handle of a faucet.
- A means of understanding or control: has a handle on the situation.
- a. Slang A person's name.b. An alternate name or nickname, especially one chosen for self-identification on online forums or citizens band radio.
- Games The total amount of money bet on an event or over a set period of time.
Origin of handleMiddle English handelen, from Old English handlian.
- A part of an object 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.
- That of which use is made; an instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool.
- (Australia, New Zealand) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. See also pot, middy for other regional variations.
- (US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol.
- (computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
- This article describes how to find the module name from the window handle.
- (gambling) The gross amount of wagering within a given period of time or for a given event at one of more establishments.
- The daily handle of a Las Vegas casino is typically millions of dollars.
- (geography, Newfoundland and Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.
- Handle of the Sug, Nfld.
- (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
- (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
(third-person singular simple present handles, present participle handling, simple past and past participle handled)
- (intransitive) To use the hands.
- They have hands, but they handle not - Psalm 115:7
- To touch; to feel with the hand.
- Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh - Luke 24:39
- To use or hold with the hand.
- About his altar, handling holy things - John Milton
- To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
- That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper - Shakespeare, King Lear, IV-vi
- 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
- 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
- To deal with; to make a business of.
- They that handle the law knew me not - Jeremiah, 2:8
- 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, Guardian:
- The findings emerged from questionnaires filled in by 2,211 staff in 145 wards of 55 hospitals in England and Wales and 105 observations of care of dementia patients. Two-thirds of staff said they had not had enough training to provide proper care, 50% said they had not been trained how to communicate properly with such patients and 54% had not been told how to handle challenging or aggressive behaviour.
- To treat; to use, well or ill.
- How wert thou handled being prisoner - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, I-iv
- To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
- You shall see how I'll handle her - Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, V-i
- 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 - Francis Bacon
- (soccer) To touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.
From Middle English handlen, from Old English handlian (“to handle, feel, deal with, discuss”), from Proto-Germanic *handlōną (“to take, grip, feel”), equivalent to hand + -le. Cognate with West Frisian hanneljen, hanljen (“to handle, treat”), Dutch handelen (“to handle, deal, act, negotiate”), German handeln (“to act, trade, negotiate, behave”), Swedish handla (“to buy, trade, deal”), Icelandic höndla (“to handle”).
- (slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
Originally Cornish-American, from Cornish hanough (“name”), later hanow (pronounced han'of or han'o).
handle - Computer Definition
(1) Slang for a nickname, pseudonym, alias or username. For example, a Twitter handle is how people identify themselves on Twitter. For decades, "CB handles" have been the short but unique identities truck drivers use over citizen's band radio (see CB radio).
(2) A temporary name or number assigned to a file, font or other object. For example, an operating system may assign a sequential number to each file that it opens as a way of identifying it.
(3) In computer graphics, a tiny, square block on an image that can be grabbed for reshaping.
handle - Investment & Finance Definition
The largest number in a price or index value. For instance, if the S&P 500 is at 860, traders talk about the “8” handle. If a foreign exchange dealer quotes a price for dollar/yen as 85/95, the dealer means he or she would sell it at 120.85 and buy it at 120.95. The handle of 120 would be left out. Handle is a form of short-hand that traders use to save time; in the examples above, suppose that it is general knowledge that the S&P 500 is 800-something or that dollar-yen is 120-something. Communicating those two pieces of information would waste time in a quick trading conversation.