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Noun: handling  han-d(u)l-ing or hand-ling
  1. Manual (or mechanical) carrying, moving, delivering or working with something
  2. The action of touching with the hands (or the skilful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means
    - manipulation
  3. The management of someone or something
    "the handling of prisoners";
    - treatment
  4. The packaging and shipping of goods to a customer; the cost of this
    - packing
Verb: handle  han-d(u)l
  1. Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
    "This blender can't handle nuts";
    - manage, deal, care
  2. Interact in a certain way
    "Handle the press reporters gently";
    - treat, do by
  3. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
    "The course handled all of Western Civilization";
    - cover, treat, plow [N. Amer], deal, address, plough [Brit, Cdn]
  4. Touch, lift, or hold with the hands
    "Don't handle the merchandise";
    - palm
  5. Handle effectively
    "The burglar handled an axe";
    - wield, manage
  6. Show and train
    "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"

Derived forms: handlings

Type of: broach, command, control, direction, initiate, interact, keep in line, management, manipulate, manual labor [US], manual labour [Brit, Cdn], touch, touching

Encyclopedia: Handling