- An instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool.
- (slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
- (US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol. (Called a sixty in Canada.)
- The part of an object which is (designed to be) 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.
- (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
- (Australia, New Zealand) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. (See also pot and middy for other regional variations.)
- (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
- (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."
- (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."
- (geography, Newfoundland and Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.
"the Handle of the Sug in Newfoundland"
- (transitive, rare) To be concerned with; to be an expert in.
- (intransitive) To behave in a particular way when handled (managed, controlled, directed).
"the car handles well"
- (transitive) To touch; to feel or hold with the hand(s).
- (transitive) To manage, control, or direct.
- (transitive) To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell.
"a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock"
- (intransitive) To use the hands.
- (transitive) To manage, use, or wield with the hands.
- (transitive) To deal with (a subject, argument, topic, or theme) in speaking, in writing, or in art.
- (transitive) To put up with; to endure (and continue to function).
"I can't handle this hot weather."
- (transitive, rare) To accustom to the hand; to take care of with the hands.
- (transitive) To treat, to deal with (in a specified way).
"she handled the news with grace, the Persians handled the French ambassador shamefully"