Handle

Definition of Handle

Han´dle   Pronunciation: hăn´d'l
v. t.1.To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand.
[imp. & p. p. Handled (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Handling (-dlĭng).]
Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
- Luke xxiv. 39.
About his altar, handling holy things.
- Milton.
2.To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper.
- Shak.
3.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.
4.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.
5.To deal with; to make a business of.
They that handle the law knew me not.
- Jer. ii. 8.
6.To treat; to use, well or ill.
How wert thou handled being prisoner?
- Shak.
7.To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
You shall see how I will handle her.
- Shak.
8.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.
- Bacon.
To handle without gloves
See under Glove.
v. i.1.To use the hands.
They have hands, but they handle not.
- Ps. cxv. 7.
n.1.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.
2.That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
To give a handle
to furnish an occasion or means.

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