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.
2.To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
3.To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
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.
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.
Noun1.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"
Synonyms: handgrip, grip, hold
Verb1.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"
Synonyms: manage, care, deal
2.handle - interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
Synonyms: do by, treat
3.handle - deal with 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"
Synonyms: deal, plow, treat, cover, address
4.handle - touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise"
Synonyms: palm
5.handle - handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"
Synonyms: wield
6.handle - show and train; "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"
1.(jargon)handle - (From Citizen's Band amateur radio slang) An electronic pseudonym or "nom de guerre" intended to conceal the user's true identity. Network and BBS handles function as the same sort of simultaneous concealment and display one finds on CB.

Use of grandiose handles is characteristic of crackers, weenies, spods, and other lower forms of network life; true hackers travel on their own reputations rather than invented legendry.

Compare nick.
2.(programming)handle - (Macintosh) A pointer to a pointer to dynamically-allocated memory. The extra level of indirection allows on-the-fly memory compaction (to cut down on fragmentation) or garbage collection of unused resources, with minimal impact on the (possibly multiple) parts of the larger program containing references to the allocated memory.

Compare snap (to snap a handle would defeat its purpose). See also aliasing bug, dangling pointer.
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