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

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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").

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From handle.

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