han·​dling ˈhan(d)-liŋ How to pronounce handling (audio)
: the action of one that handles something
: a process by which something is handled in a commercial transaction
especially : the packaging and shipping of an object or material (as to a consumer)
: the manner in which something is treated (as in a musical, literary, or art work)

Example Sentences

These items require careful handling. There are additional charges for shipping and handling. The car's handling was smooth.
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of handling was before the 12th century

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“Handling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handling. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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