What does handle mean?

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  1. The part of an object which is (designed to be) held in the hand when used or moved.
  2. 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. (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
  5. (slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
  6. (computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
  7. (Australia, New Zealand) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. (See also pot and middy for other regional variations.)
  8. (US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol. (Called a sixty in Canada.)
  9. (Newfoundland English) A point, an extremity of land.
  10. (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
  11. (algebraic geometry) The smooth, irreducible subcurve of a comb which connects to each of the other components in exactly one point.
  1. (transitive) To touch; to feel or hold with the hand(s).
  2. (transitive, rare) To accustom to the hand; to take care of with the hands.
  3. (transitive) To manage, use, or wield with the hands.
  4. (transitive) To manage, control, or direct.
  5. (transitive) To treat, to deal with (in a specified way).
  6. (transitive) To deal with (a subject, argument, topic, or theme) in speaking, in writing, or in art.
  7. (transitive) To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell.
  8. (transitive, rare) To be concerned with; to be an expert in.
  9. (transitive) To put up with; to endure (and continue to function).
  10. (intransitive) To use the hands.
  11. (intransitive) To behave in a particular way when handled (managed, controlled, directed).
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