- IPA(key): /ˈhæn.dl̩/
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- Hyphenation: han‧dle
- Rhymes: -ændəl
Etymology 1 Edit
handle (plural handles)
- The part of an object which is (designed to be) held in the hand when used or moved.
- 1854, John Hovey Robinson, Silver-knife: or, The hunters of the Rocky Mountains, page 133:
- Once his fingers strayed to the handle of his hunting-knife, and I should have interfered had I not been conscious that Wickliffe was on his guard.
- 1902, “Atomic Weight of Lanthanum”, in Journal of the Chemical Society, volume 81, part 2:
- By pushing the fork downwards so that its teeth pass the handle of the stopper, and then turning the cover of the desiccator 90°, the handle of the stopper falls into the furrows and rests upon them.
- 1905, “Origin of the Respiratory Sounds”, in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, volume 37:
- By keeping the handle of the bellows fixed in any given position the lung within the chamber could be kept for a short time at any desired degree of distension, and by pressing at intervals upon the bag, air could be forced to and fro between the bad and the lung outside the chamber, without distending the air within it.
- An instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool, or an opportunity or pretext.
- 1894, Robert Needham Cust, Essay on the prevailing methods of the evangelization of the non-Christian world, page 70:
- Nothing can be more reprehensible, or wicked, than to make Christian Missions a handle for political expansion.
- 1978, William Hay Taliaferro, John Herbert Humphrey, Advances in immunology, page 224:
- Many investigators feel that the double requirement for the antigen-recognition by cytotoxic T cells or DTH-reactive T cells may provide a handle for solving the T-cell receptor puzzle, and that anti-Id reagents are to be used in this approach.
- 1997, Allen S. Johnson, A prologue to revolution: the political career of George Grenville, →ISBN, page 95:
- Indeed, at the beginning of the session he was careful to make "no declarations of what might hereafter be measures, so as to give anybody a handle for fixing him down to any particular system."
- (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.
- 2001, Harold L. Vogel, Travel industry economics: a guide for financial analysis, →ISBN, page 139:
- Note here, however, that the casino's "edge" (its expected value per unit bet, or, in casino jargon, the house p.c.) in table games is expressed as a percentage of the handle and not as a percentage of the drop (even though these might sometimes be the same).
- (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
- (slang) A name or nickname, especially as an identifier over the radio or internet.
- (slang) A title attached to one's name, such as Doctor or Colonel.
- The successful businessman was knighted and acquired a handle to his name.
- (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.
- 1989, Petrus Maria Gerardus Apers, Gio Wiederhold, Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Very Large Data, page 383:
- A handle for a type instance is similar to an open file descriptor; it is used to reference that type instance when performing operations on it.
- 2008, Stephen J. Chapman, MATLAB programming for engineers, →ISBN, page 354:
- By contrast, when a host function creates a handle for a nested function and returns that handle to a calling program, the host function's workspace is created and remains in existence for as long as the function handle remains in existence.
- (Australia, chiefly Northern Territory, New Zealand) A 10 fluid ounce (285 mL) glass of beer.
- (US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol.
- 2014, Ray Stoeser, Josh Cuffe, Bury My Body Down By the Highway Side, page 83:
- Josh bought a fifth of Evan Williams for Andrew as a token of gratitude and Ray, because of the financial constraints, purchased the cheapest handle of whiskey he could find: Heaven Hill.
- (geography, Newfoundland and Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.
- the Handle of the Sug in Newfoundland
- (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
- (algebraic geometry) The smooth, irreducible subcurve of a comb which connects to each of the other components in exactly one point.
- (285 mL glass of beer): pot (Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania), middy (Australia), schooner (South Australia)
- (half-gallon of alcohol): sixty/sixty-sixer (Canada)
- (part of an object held in the hand when used or moved): bail (bucket, kettle, pitcher), haft (tool, weapon), hilt (sword), knob, stail (tool), stilt (plough)
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- → Japanese: ハンドル (handoru)
Etymology 2 Edit
From Middle English handlen, from Old English handlian (“to handle, feel, deal with, discuss”), from Proto-Germanic *handlōną (“to take, grip, feel”), equivalent to hand + -le. Cognate with West Frisian hanneljen, hanljen (“to handle, treat”), Dutch handelen (“to handle, deal, act, negotiate”), German handeln (“to act, trade, negotiate, behave”), Swedish handla (“to buy, trade, deal”), Icelandic höndla (“to handle”).
- (transitive) To touch; to feel or hold with the hand(s).
- 1595, Edmunde Spenser [i.e., Edmund Spenser], “[Amoretti.] Sonnet I”, in Amoretti and Epithalamion. […], London: […] [Peter Short] for William Ponsonby, →OCLC; reprinted in Amoretti and Epithalamion (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas […], 1927, →OCLC:
- Happy, ye leaves! when as those lilly hands [...] Shall handle you.
- 1671, John Milton, “The First Book”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], →OCLC:
- [...] about his altar, handling holy things
- 1995, Adele Pillitteri, Pocket Guide for Maternal & Child Health Nursing, page 63:
- Encourage the client to handle her breasts to grow accustomed to touching them, thus enabling milk production in the first few days after birth.
- 2011 February 12, Les Roopanarine, “Birmingham 1 - 0 Stoke”, in BBC:
- Robert Huth handled a Bentley shot, only for the offence to go unnoticed.
- (transitive, rare) To accustom to the hand; to take care of with the hands.
- 1679, William Temple, An essay upon the advancement of trade in Ireland.:
- The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to house and handle their colts for at least six months every year.
- (transitive) To manage, use, or wield with the hands.
- 1976, Mel Hallin Bolster, Crazy Snake and the Smoked Meat Rebellion, page 66:
- Light on his feet for a big man, he handled the rifle like a pistol.
- (transitive) To manage, control, or direct.
- 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, in Guardian:
- The findings emerged from questionnaires filled in by 2,211 staff in 145 wards of 55 hospitals in England and Wales and 105 observations of care of dementia patients. Two-thirds of staff said they had not had enough training to provide proper care, 50% said they had not been trained how to communicate properly with such patients and 54% had not been told how to handle challenging or aggressive behaviour.
- 2015, Nora Quick, Case of the Missing Millionaire:
- “You also handle the accounts for Julie Wojakowski, what about her? Any recent deposits in that amount?”
- 2019 October, “Consultation on University Station designs”, in Modern Railways, page 17:
- University station opened in May 1978 and was designed to handle around 500,000 passengers a year, a significantly lower figure than the 3.5 million passengers who now use it.
- (transitive) To treat, to deal with (in a specified way).
- she handled the news with grace
- the Persians handled the French ambassador shamefully
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act III, scene iii:
- I will not tell thee how Ile handle thee,
But euery common ſouldier of my Camp
Shall ſmile to see thy miſerable ſtate.
- (transitive) To deal with (a subject, argument, topic, or theme) in speaking, in writing, or in art.
- 1976, Krishna Chaitanya, A History of Indian Painting: The modern period, page 21:
- If traditional painting handled the same themes again and again, a truth which people are apt to overlook is that we often get startlingly different compositions of the same theme or episode.
- (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
- (transitive, rare) To be concerned with; to be an expert in.
- (transitive) To put up with; to endure (and continue to function).
- I can't handle this hot weather.
- 2014, Andrew Stellman, Jennifer Greene, Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban, →ISBN:
- For example, a program that loads data from a file needs to handle the case where that file is not found.
- (intransitive) To use the hands.
- (soccer, intransitive) To illegally touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.
- (intransitive) To behave in a particular way when handled (managed, controlled, directed).
- the car handles well
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Alemannic German Edit
Norwegian Bokmål Edit
Derived terms Edit
- “handle” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
Norwegian Nynorsk Edit
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- “handle” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.