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 for handle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Handle \Han"dle\ (h[a^]n"d'l), v. i.
     To use the hands.
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           They have hands, but they handle not.    --Ps. cxv. 7.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Handle \Han"dle\, n. [AS. handle. See Hand.]
     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.
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     2. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a
        purpose; a tool. --South.
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     To give a handle, to furnish an occasion or means.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Handle \Han"dle\ (h[a^]n"d'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handled
     (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Handling (-dl[i^]ng).] [OE.
     handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G.
     handeln. See Hand.]
     1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the
        hand.
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              Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
                                                    --Luke xxiv.
                                                    39.
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              About his altar, handling holy things. --Milton.
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     2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield;
        often, to manage skillfully.
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              That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of,
        with the hands.
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              The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to
              house and handle their colts six months every year.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Temple.
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     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.
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     5. To deal with; to make a business of.
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              They that handle the law knew me not. --Jer. ii. 8.
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     6. To treat; to use, well or ill.
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              How wert thou handled being prisoner? --Shak.
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     7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
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              You shall see how I will handle her.  --Shak.
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     8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a
        theme, an argument, or an objection.
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              We will handle what persons are apt to envy others.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     To handle without gloves. See under Glove. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  handle
      n 1: 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" [syn: handle, grip, handgrip, hold]
      v 1: 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"
           [syn: manage, deal, care, handle]
      2: interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with
         caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently" [syn:
         treat, handle, do by]
      3: act on 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"
         [syn: cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, address]
      4: touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the
         merchandise" [syn: handle, palm]
      5: handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young
         violinist didn't manage her bow very well" [syn: wield,
         handle, manage]
      6: show and train; "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs.
         Priscilla Prescott"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  335 Moby Thesaurus words for "handle":
     accomplish, act toward, administer, aim, air, alibi, analyze,
     apology, appellation, appellative, apply, be in,
     be responsible for, bed, bed down, behave toward, bestow, bilge,
     binomen, binomial name, blain, bleb, blind, blister, blob, boss,
     bow, brandish, break, bridle, brush, bubble, bulb, bulge, bulla,
     bump, bunch, burl, button, buy and sell, byname, byword, cahot,
     call the signals, canvass, captain, care for, caress, carry,
     carry on, carry out, carry through, chart a course, chine, cloak,
     clump, cognomen, color, come in contact, command, comment upon,
     complete, cond, conduct, condyle, conn, consider, contend with,
     control, controvert, convex, cope with, cover, cover story,
     cover-up, coxswain, criticize, cryptonym, curry, currycomb,
     deal by, deal in, deal with, debate, deliberate, deliberate upon,
     denomination, descant, designation, device, direct, discharge,
     discourse, discourse about, discuss, dispatch, dispense,
     dispose of, dissert, dissertate, do by, do with, dominate, dowel,
     drench, drive, ear, employ, empty title, enact, engineer, epithet,
     eponym, euonym, examine, exchange views, excuse, execute, exercise,
     exert, exploit, facade, feed, feel, feel of, feint, finger, flange,
     flap, flick, flourish, fodder, fondle, front, gall, gentle, gloss,
     gnarl, go into, govern, grasp, grip, groom, guide, guise, haft,
     harness, have the conn, head, head up, helm, helve, hill, hilt,
     hitch, hold, honor, honorific, hump, hunch, hyponym, inquire into,
     investigate, job, jog, joggle, knob, knock around, knot, knur,
     knurl, label, lame excuse, lay, lead, lead on, level, lip, litter,
     locus standi, loop, lump, make, make go, make the rules,
     make use of, manage, maneuver, manipulate, market, mask,
     mastermind, merchandise, milk, mole, moniker, mountain, name,
     namesake, navigate, nevus, nomen, nomen nudum, nub, nubbin, nubble,
     officer, operate, order, ostensible motive, oversee, palm, palpate,
     papilloma, pass under review, pat, paw, peg, perform, perform on,
     pilot, play, ply, point, poke at, poor excuse, practice, prescribe,
     pretense, pretension, pretext, prod, proper name, proper noun,
     protestation, public motive, pull the strings, put-off,
     quarterback, rap, reason, reason about, reason the point, refuge,
     regulate, remark upon, respond to, retail, review, rib, ridge,
     ring, rub down, run, saddle, scientific name, screen, secret name,
     see to, sell, semblance, serve, shake, sham, shape a course,
     shoulder, show, sift, skipper, smoke screen, sobriquet, spine,
     stalking-horse, steer, steward, stratagem, stud, study, style,
     subterfuge, supervise, survey, swing, tab, tackle, tag, take,
     take care of, take command, take the lead, take up, talk,
     talk about, talk of, talk over, tame, tap, tautonym, tend, test,
     thresh out, thumb, title, touch, touch upon, trade in, traffic in,
     train, transact, treat, treat of, trick, trinomen, trinomial name,
     try, tubercle, tubercule, twiddle, use, utilize, varnish, veil,
     ventilate, verruca, vesicle, wale, wart, water, wave, welt,
     wholesale, wield, work, write up, yoke
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  handle
   n.
  
      1. [from CB slang] An electronic pseudonym; a 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 Citizen's
      Band radio, from which the term was adopted. Use of grandiose handles is
      characteristic of warez d00dz, crackers, weenies, spods, and other
      lower forms of network life; true hackers travel on their own reputations
      rather than invented legendry. Compare nick, screen name.
  
      2. A magic cookie, often in the form of a numeric index into some array
      somewhere, through which you can manipulate an object like a file or
      window. The form file handle is especially common.
  
      3. [Mac] 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 aging out 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.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  handle
  
     1.  A simple item of data that
     identifies a resource.  For example, a Unix file handle
     identifies an open file and associated data such as whether it
     was opened for read or write and the current read/write
     position.  On the Macintosh, a handle is a pointer to a
     pointer to some dynamically-allocated memory.  The extra level
     of indirection allows on-the-fly memory compaction or
     garbage collection without invalidating application program
     references to the allocated memory.
  
     2.  An alias used intended to conceal a user's true
     identity in an electronic message.  The term is common on
     Citizen's Band and other amateur radio but, in that context
     usually means the user's real name as FCC rules forbid
     concealing one's identity.
  
     Use of grandiose handles is characteristic of crackers,
     weenies, spods, and other lower forms of network life;
     true hackers travel on their own reputations.
  
     Compare nick.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     3.  domain handle.
  
     (2004-07-20)
  

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