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Handle appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun handle:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb handle:


The word handle is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun handle

What does handle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: handles

  1. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
    • example: he grabbed the hammer by the handle
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of handle: grip / handgrip / hold
    • more generic word: appendage = a part that is joined to something larger
    • more specific terms:
      • axe handle / ax handle = the handle of an ax
      • broom handle / broomstick = the handle of a broom
      • crop = the stock or handle of a whip
      • helve / haft = the handle of a weapon or tool
      • hilt = the handle of a sword or dagger
      • hoe handle = the handle of a hoe
      • knob = a round handle
      • mop handle = the handle of a mop
      • panhandle = the handle of a pan
      • saddlebow / pommel = handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle
      • pommel = a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse
      • rake handle = the handle of a rake
      • stock = the handle end of some implements or tools
      • gunstock / stock = the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
    • part of: aspergill / aspersorium = a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; baggage / luggage = cases used to carry belongings when traveling; baseball bat / lumber = an implement used in baseball by the batter; briefcase = a case with a handle; brush = an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle; carpet beater / rug beater = implement for beating dust out of carpets; carrycot = box-shaped baby bed with handles; cheese cutter = a kitchen utensil (board or handle) with a wire for cutting cheese; coffee cup = a cup from which coffee is drunk; coffeepot = tall pot in which coffee is brewed; bat / cricket bat = the club used in playing cricket; cutlery / eating utensil = tableware implements for cutting and eating food; edge tool = any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge; faucet / spigot = a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir; frying pan / frypan / skillet = a pan used for frying foods; handbarrow = a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; cart / go-cart / handcart / pushcart = wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; handlebar = the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle; French telephone / handset = telephone set with the mouthpiece and earpiece mounted on a single handle; hand tool = a tool used with workers' hands; ladle = a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; mug = with handle and usually cylindrical; racket / racquet = a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games; saucepan = a deep pan with a handle; spatula = a turner with a narrow flexible blade; teacup = a cup from which tea is drunk; umbrella = a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy; watering can / watering pot = a container with a handle and a spout with a perforated nozzle
    • part: shank / stem = cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

Alternative definition of the noun handle


  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. [gambling] The gross amount of wagering within a given period of time or for a given event at one of more establishments.
  4. [topology] A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
  5. [Australia, New Zealand] A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. See also pot, middy for other regional variations.
  6. [computing] A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
  7. [American] a 1.75-liter (half-gallon) bottle of alcohol
  8. [slang] A name, nickname or pseudonym.

Specialised definition of the noun handle

Glossary of sports / luge

one of two metal grips, located on each side of the sled inside the pod. The handles are used to push the sled during the start and sometimes for steering during the run

Glossary of sports / rowing

the section of the oar gripped by the oarsman

Definition of the verb handle

What does handle mean as a doing word?

Handle is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: handled | handling | handles

  1. be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  2. interact in a certain way
  3. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
  4. touch, lift, or hold with the hands
    • example: Don't handle the merchandise
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]She held his arm
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique, body part]She held him by the arm

      Hold Verbs (with the same syntax): clasp, clutch, grab, grasp, grip, hold, pull, push, seize, tug, wield, yank.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of handle: palm
    • more generic word: touch = make physical contact with, come in contact with
    • more specific words:
      • field = catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
      • fumble = handle clumsily
      • manipulate = hold something in one's hands and move it
      • manhandle = handle roughly
  5. handle effectively
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of handle: manage / wield
    • more generic word: manipulate = hold something in one's hands and move it
    • more specific terms:
  6. show and train
    • example: The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic terms: control / keep in line / manipulate = maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage

Alternative definition of the verb handle


  1. [intransitive] To use the hands.
  2. To touch; to feel with the hand.
  3. To use or hold with the hand.
  4. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
  5. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
  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.
  8. To treat; to use, well or ill.
  9. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
  10. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.
  11. [soccer] To touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.


"handle" is a musical single of DOUBLE.

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  1. Handle: 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.
  2. Handle: In computer programming, a handle is an abstract reference to a resource. Handles are used when application software references blocks of memory or objects managed by another system, such as a database or an operating system. Resource handles can be opaque identifiers, in which case they are often integer numbers, or they can be pointers that allow access to further information. Common resource handles are file descriptors, sockets, database connections, process identifiers, and job IDs.
  3. handle a.k.a. Grip: A golf club grip is the top part of a golf club where a golfer places his hands and grips the golf club. A golf club grip is usually made from rubber, leather, or wounded cord.
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Phrases with Handle

Phrases starting with the word Handle:

  1. handle-bars
  2. handle with kid gloves

Phrases ending with the word Handle:

  1. ax handle
  2. to handle
  3. axe handle
  4. hoe handle
  5. mop handle
  6. love handle
  7. rake handle
  8. broom handle
  9. crank handle
  10. knife-handle
  11. Hard-to-Handle
  12. Car Door Handle
  13. starting handle
  14. fly off the handle

Other phrases containing the word Handle:

  1. Get a Handle on
  2. Have a Handle on
  3. basket-handle arch

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Handle

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Google previewOfficial Gazette of the United States Patent Office (1916)

In a vehicle of the class described, the combination with a running gear frame of handle means therefor ; separable elements 9 and 17 fast on said frame and handle means respectively, having interlocking elements and abutting faces, ...

Google previewSubclassing and Hooking with Visual Basic (2001)

by Stephen Teilhet

The returned window handle is the first child window found in the Z-order. GW_ENABLEDPOPUP (6) The returned window handle is a pop-up window owned by the ...

Google previewSoftware Engineer's Reference Book (2013)

by John A McDermid

Simple precedence grammars One class of grammars for which finding the handle is a particularly easy task is the...

Google previewENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA; Or, A DICTIONARY of Arts and Sciences, Compiled Upon a New Plan. In Wich the Different Science and Arts are Digested Into Distinct Treatises Or Systems; and The Various Technical Terms, ... are Explained as They Occur in the Order of the Alphabet. Illustrated with One Hundred and Sixty Copperplates, by a Society of Gentlemen in Scotland. IN THREE VOLUMES. Edinburgh: Printed for A. Bell and C. Macfarquhar; and Fold by Colin Macfarquhar, at this Printing-office, Nicolson Street. M.D.CC.LXXI. (1771)

2: [CAB-LYT].

Fi DD HAMMER, one whose handle is a fidd, or made taper wise. FIDDLE. See Viol 1 N. FIDEl Co M M issu M, in Roman antiquity, an estate left in trust with one person, for the use of another. Sce Trust E e. FIDICINALES, muscles of the fingers ...

Google previewHints on Household Taste (2013)

The Classic Handbook of Victorian Interior Decoration by Charles L. Eastlake

The handle is a bow of wrought iron twisted into a hook at each end, and thus attached to iron staplerings which are nailed at opposite sides of the bucket. The handle is expressly hammered wider and convex in section just at its centre, ...

Google previewExcel 2010 eLearning Kit For Dummies (2011)

by Faithe Wempen

The fill handle is the little black square in the lower-right corner of the selected cell or range. Depending on how you use it, AutoFill can either fill the same value into every cell in the target area, or it can fill in a sequence (such as days of the ...

Google previewA dictionary of the Kalispel or Flat-head Indian language, compiled by the missionaries of the Society of Jesus [or rather by J. Giorda (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

HANDLE, 1st. Touch or feal with the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kalispel Or Flat-head Indian Language (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

HANDLE, 1st. Touch or f'cal with the hands, les-eheeehstcm. 2d. To use with the ...

Google previewThe Welding Encyclopedia (1921)

“N EWARC" ACCESSORIES Electrode Handle. The “Newarc" Welding Handle consists of an insulated holder made of an alloy which is not affected by the heat of the are. It provides for the gripping of all types of electrodes at all angles without ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

half step 333 handle roughly half step semitone half-suppressed laugh chuckle, snigger half-tamed horse bronco half the width of an em en half-turn movement in dressage caracole halfway central, equidistant, imperfectly, incomplete(ly), ...

Google previewBowhunter's Encyclopedia (1992)

by Dwight R. Schuh

In essence, this will produce a low or straight wrist, depending on the shape of your bow handle. Some shooters swear by the high wrist, which places greatest pressure on the web between the index finger and thumb, and inherently it's as ...

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Quotes about Handle

To handle yourself, use your head To handle others, use your heart. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
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Scrabble value of H4A1N1D2L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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