A handle is a part of, or attachment to, an object that can be moved or used by hand. The design of each type of handle involves substantial ergonomic issues, even where these are dealt with intuitively or by following tradition. Handles for tools are an important part of their function, enabling the user to exploit the tools to maximum effect.

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  1. A part of an object 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; an instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool.
  3. A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. See also pot, middy for other regional variations.
  4. A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A point, an extremity of land.
    Handle of the Sug, Nfld.
  8. The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
  9. A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A name, nickname or pseudonym.


  1. To use the hands.
    • They have hands, but they handle not - ''Psalm 115:7
  2. To touch; to feel with the hand.
    • Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh - Luke 24:39
  3. To use or hold with the hand.
    • About his altar, handling holy things -
  4. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
    • That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper - Shakespeare, ''King Lear, IV-vi
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. To deal with; to make a business of.
    • They that handle the law knew me not - ''Jeremiah, 2:8
  8. To treat; to use, well or ill.
    • How wert thou handled being prisoner - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, I-iv
  9. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
    • You shall see how I'll handle her - Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, V-i
  10. 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 - ''''
  11. To touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.

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