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handle

Definitions

  • Have you ever tried riding without the handles
    Have you ever tried riding without the handles
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v handle act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression "This book deals with incest","The course covered all of Western Civilization","The new book treats the history of China"
    • v handle touch, lift, or hold with the hands "Don't handle the merchandise"
    • v handle handle effectively "The burglar wielded an axe","The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"
    • v handle show and train "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"
    • v handle be in charge of, act on, or dispose of "I can deal with this crew of workers","This blender can't handle nuts","She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
    • v handle interact in a certain way "Do right by her","Treat him with caution, please","Handle the press reporters gently"
    • n handle the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it "he grabbed the hammer by the handle","it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in existence. It was made by Joseph Copeland of Chuckatuck, Va., in 1675. The spoon on the bottom is a conjectural restoration of Copeland’s specimen The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in...
Bowl with grotesque handle: Scanlon's Landing, Arkansas.--1/3 Bowl with grotesque handle: Scanlon's Landing, Arkansas.--1/3
Handles Handles
Kiln Car designed for handling Short Tub or Pail Staves Kiln Car designed for handling Short Tub or Pail Staves
Kiln Car Designed for handling Short Piece Stock Kiln Car Designed for handling Short Piece Stock
A Regular Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks A Regular Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks
A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks
Three little doves were seated on the handle of the axe Three little doves were seated on the handle of the axe

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies indicate that weightlifters working out in blue gyms can handle heavier weights
    • Handle That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
    • Handle That part of vessels, instruments, etc., 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.
    • Handle 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."
    • Handle To deal with; to make a business of. "They that handle the law knew me not."
    • Handle To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully. "That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper."
    • Handle To manage; to control; to practice skill upon. "You shall see how I will handle her."
    • Handle 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.
    • Handle To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand. "Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.""About his altar, handling holy things."
    • Handle To treat; to use, well or ill. "How wert thou handled being prisoner?"
    • Handle 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."
    • v. i Handle hăn"d'l To use the hands. "They have hands, but they handle not."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first modern toothbrush was invented in China. Its bristles came from hogs hair or the mane of a horse that were then put into ivory handles
    • handle To touch or feel with the hand; use the hand or hands upon.
    • handle To manage by hand; use or wield with manual skill; ply; manipulate; act upon or control by the hand: as, to handle one's colors; to handle the reins.
    • handle In general, to manage; direct; control; hold or keep in hand: as, to handle a fish when hooked; to handle a dog in the field; to handle troops in battle.
    • handle To act upon or toward; use in some way (with regard to conduct); treat; deal with.
    • handle To treat of; discourse upon; expound, as a topic.
    • handle To make use of; be concerned with; have to do with.
    • handle To trade or deal in; buy and sell: as, to handle stationery, stocks, or real estate.
    • handle [⟨ handle, n.] To furnish with a handle or handles: as, to handle a teacup.
    • handle To use the hands; act or work by means of the hands.
    • handle To act or give a result of any kind when handled.
    • n handle That part of a thing which is intended to be grasped by the hand in using or moving it. The handles of many things have distinctive names. Thus, the handle of a sword is the hilt; of a plow, the staff or stilt; of an ax or hammer, the helve; of a knife, the haft; of a rake, the stale; of a scythe, the snath; of a rudder, the tiller; of a crab or winch, the crank; of a pump, the brake or lever; of a door or lock, the knob; of a steam-engine, the hand-lever; of a boat-hook, lance, etc., the shaft; of a platen printing-press, the rounce, by which the bed is run in and out; of a kettle, the bail; of a drill, bit, or gun, the stock.
    • n handle That by means of which anything is done; the instrument of effecting a purpose: said of a person or thing.
    • n handle In botany, in the Characeæ, same as manubrium.
    • n handle The feel or touch of goods handled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first shopping bag with handles was invented in 1918 by Walter Deubener.
    • v.t Handle hand′l to touch, hold, or use with the hand: to make familiar by frequent touching: to manage: to discuss: to practise: to trade or do business in
    • v.i Handle to use the hands
    • n Handle that part of anything held in the hand:
    • n Handle (fig.) that of which use is made: a tool: occasion, opportunity, pretext
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There is one way to handle the ignorant and malicious critic. Ignore him.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.”
  • Mother Teresa
    Mother%20Teresa
    “I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.”
  • Norman Douglas
    Norman%20Douglas
    “It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
  • Alfred Polgar
    Alfred Polgar
    “Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather, He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop.”

Idioms

Fly off the handle - If someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.
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Get a handle on - When you get a handle on something, you come to understand it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. handlen, AS. handlian,; akin to D. handelen, to trade, G. handeln,. See Hand

Usage

In literature:

Rather it gives the child material which he is incapable of handling.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
The landside handle passes through the beam.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Their judgment of how you handle an audience is worth consideration.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Homer describes noble ladies handling the distaff with the spindle belonging to it.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
You've got to get a certain number of skilled men who can handle the machines.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Stories about trees and animals are usually failures, unless handled by artists who breathe into them the life of man.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
They were the key to the contractor's problem and it would pay a man to know how to handle them.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
Needles and wires may be stuck in a cork, which will serve as a handle.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
We never handle transactions of this size in cash.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Some like a long-handled fork, others prefer a short-handled one.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Some are designed to handle "elephant" and "mother" sizes.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
With a sigh he unbuckled his belt and handed it, with his dagger and the jewel-handled scimitar, to de Pirenne.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
I wish some of the men I know could have the handling of those birds for about a month!
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
I can handle the matter.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
There were no notches on the handles of his Colts.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Gave an edge to a man who could handle a rifle as well as Eli.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
At least for the time being, an intricate and complicated structure is needed to handle the problem of livelihood.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
A fellow's got to know everything about the handling of sailing ships, because part of the job is the handling of sailing ships in distress.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Z. Moore: My husband handles many of them on commission, and favors them both in the orchard and in the market.
"The Apple" by Various
He did not know that there were ways of handling lumber just as there were ways of handling a brush.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

Sore he looked on Kyng Estmere,
And sore he handled the ryng,
Then opened to them the fayre hall yates,
He lett for no kind of thyng.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
"O Capting Nye," I says, says I,
"Now what are we going to do,
In such a gale to murder a whale
With a pearl-handled knife and a screw?"
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin
But though his name could boast no handle,
He could not every hope resign;
As moths will hover round a candle,
So hovered he about her shrine.
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Though the heavens might menace on high,
I would still push my vessel from shore;
At my calling undauntedly ply,
And sing as I handled the oar.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
I saw from windows, as if hung in air,
'Mid handles gleaming white,
Pointsmen that clutched and drew the levers there,
And set the points aright.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
God's word without is faith's resort,
His work within doth sense support,
By faith we trust him without pawns,
By sense we handle with our hands.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Hospitals could not handle deadly disease outbreak, says report.
Helping your child handle rude stares.
I like to think that I have a pretty strong stomach, and could handle riding along during one of these air shows.
A sword handle made of antler and weights used to verify the value of silver coins are among recent artifacts recovered from Blackbeard 's ship.
Media coverage of Obama's Libya handling by turns blaring, muffled.
Drive its stainless-steel claw into the ground near the weed, step on the pedal to clamp the claw shut, and pull the handle to drag the pest out, taproot and all.
In August there was a security story in the news about a vulnerability in the Apple iOS iMessage handling of SMS text messages.
Romney's handling of the $716 billion in.
Bloch faces inquiries over his handling of whistle-blower cases.
Ohio County Magistrate Patty Murphy says she properly handled a drunken driving case involving a relative and another person.
Right, of Kentwood, Louisiana, handled by Will McNabb, left.
Recent disclosures by Swiss banks suggest that their evasive handling of wartime Jewish accounts has not ended.
Need advice about how to handle your personal finances.
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena and Venus Williams moved into the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open by handling the afternoon heat, humidity and wind.
Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday that Bronx DA Robert Johnson is "dead wrong" in his handling of trespassing busts — and that voters can have the final say on.
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In science:

The expected background channels and their experimental handles are discussed.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The different contributions and their experimental handles are discussed below.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The non-perturbative method used in the paper to handle the divergence is based on the paraxial approximation to the stationary Schr¨odinger equation (Section II).
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
This is in general a undecidable problem, therefore the implemented system SLDNFA can handle only a restricted class of problems.
SLDNFA-system
Then it will transform the specification towards a form which is handled by the abductive solver.
SLDNFA-system
There are different approaches how systems handling knowledge representation formalisms can be evaluated.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
The second main issue is the shock handling technique itself.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
This corresponds to surfaces with no handles.
Large N field theories from superstrings
The dual handles give a description of W as a 2-handlebody, and N = M ∪ W .
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Two sorts of moves are needed: one would show how to transfer a 2-handle from one side of the decomposition to the other.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
To illustrate use of the relative versions we give a version of “geometrical connectivity” for 4-manifolds. A special case of Wall’s results [W1] is that in higher dimensions a 1-connected manifold pair is obtained from a collar of the submanifold of the boundary by adding handles of index ≥ 2.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
However there is a version where the handles are added to something which is not quite a collar on the boundary.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
First, 2-deformations can be realized by handle moves in a 5-manifold [AC], so (M × I, A × I ) ≃ (A × I 2, A × I × {0}).
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
In the manifold case there are handle moves to handlebody structures with single 0-handles.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Use the 1-skeleton alignment lemma to change D by simple equivalence to another 2-dimensional complex, and the handle decomposition on (N, A) by handle moves, so D∗ → C c ∗ (N, A) is a basis-preserving isomorphism in degrees 0 and 1.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
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