• (geography, Newfoundland and Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.

    "the Handle of the Sug in Newfoundland"

  • 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."


  • (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"

  • (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."

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