Definition of Handling

1. Noun. Manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or working with something.

Generic synonyms: Manual Labor, Manual Labour
Specialized synonyms: Materials Handling, Loading, Unloading

2. Noun. The action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means.
Exact synonyms: Manipulation
Generic synonyms: Touch, Touching
Specialized synonyms: Fielding
Derivative terms: Handle, Manipulate, Manipulate

3. Noun. The management of someone or something. "The right to equal treatment in the criminal justice system"
Exact synonyms: Treatment
Generic synonyms: Direction, Management
Specialized synonyms: Bioremediation, Dealing
Derivative terms: Handle, Treat

Definition of Handling

1. n. A touching, controlling, managing, using, etc., with the hand or hands, or as with the hands. See Handle, v. t.

Definition of Handling

1. Noun. A touching, controlling, managing, using, take care of, etc., with the hand or hands, or as with the hands. See handle ¹

2. Noun. (arts) The mode of using the pencil or brush; style of touch - Fairholt ¹

3. Noun. A criminal offence, the trade with stolen goods. ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of handle) ¹

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Definition of Handling

1. the manner in which something is handled [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Handling

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Literary usage of Handling

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1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and Liberty Hyde Bailey by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"Careful handling involves the exercise of thoughtful- ness in the ... The whole handling problem is an economic one related to systems of both hiring and ..."

2. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1901)
"I have been requested to read a paper on selecting and handling fruits, ... However, as there are no fixed rules for handling fruit, the subject is open for ..."

3. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1910)
"4804 D. Freight handling. The handling of Railway Freight in Bulk (Die ... Illustrated description of a plant in Newark, NJ, for handling gypsum from ..."

4. The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor (1911)
"And indeed it should be understood that the removal of these men from pig-iron handling, for which they were unfit, was really a kindness to themselves, ..."

5. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1888)
"The results of this paper may be summarised as follows : — The author examines critically certain rules given by Mr. C. Meldrum for handling ships during ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The smaller freight is subject to transfer and handling when going to other ... Freight handling.— Shipments of freight may be divided into four classes: ..."

7. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1905)
""A. Because when we bought the property we were handling Kennebec river Ice to furnish our quota to the Mutual After handling northern ice for, I think, ..."

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