Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A touching, feeling, or manipulating with the hands.
  • n. The process of packing and distributing merchandise: a charge for shipping and handling.
  • n. The way in which something is handled or taken care of: a situation that required delicate handling.
  • n. The way in which a presentation, especially an artistic or theatrical work, is treated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A touching, controlling, managing, using, take care of, etc., with the hand or hands, or as with the hands. See handle
  • n. The mode of using the pencil or brush; style of touch - Fairholt
  • n. A criminal offence, the trade with stolen goods.
  • v. Present participle of handle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A touching, controlling, managing, using, etc., with the hand or hands, or as with the hands. See handle, v. t.
  • n. The mode of using the pencil or brush, etc.; style of touch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A touching, fingering, or using with the hand; manipulation; touch: either literally or figuratively: as, the handling of the bow in violin-playing; an artist's handling of his subject.
  • n. The act of supplying with a handle or handles; the operation of putting a handle on: as, the handling of pottery, or of saws.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the management of someone or something
  • n. manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or working with something
  • n. the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means

Etymologies

From Middle English handlinge, hondlunge, from Old English handlung ("handling"), equivalent to handle +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch handeling ("trade, operation, action"), German Handlung ("act, action"), Swedish handling ("act, deed, action"). (Wiktionary)
From handle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.