v. t.

  1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand.
  2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
  3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
  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.
  5. To deal with; to make a business of.
  6. To treat; to use, well or ill.
  7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
  8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.

v. i.

  1. To use the hands.


  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.
  2. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.