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  1. 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.
  2. That of which use is made; an instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
  3. The total amount of money taken in by a business within a given period of time.
  • The daily handle of a Las Vegas casino is typically millions of dollars.
    1. (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
    2. (slang) A nickname or pseudonym.
    3. (AU , NZ) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. See also pot, middy for other regional variations.
verb (handles, handling, handled)
  1. (intransitive) To use the hands.
  • They have hands, but they not - ''Psalm 115:7
    1. To touch; to feel with the hand.
  • Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh - Luke 24:39
    1. To use or hold with the hand.
  • About his altar, handling holy things - Milton
    1. 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
    1. 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 their colts six months every year - Sir W. Temple
    1. 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
    2. To deal with; to make a business of.
  • They that the law knew me not - ''Jeremiah, 2:8
    1. To treat; to use, well or ill.
  • How wert thou handled being prisoner - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, I-iv
    1. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
  • You shall see how I'll her - Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, V-i
    1. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.
  • We will what persons are apt to envy others - Bacon
  • Etymology: Old English handlen, Anglo Saxon handian; akin to Dutch handelen to trade, German handeln. See hand

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