han·dling | \ˈhan(d)-liŋ, ˈhan-dᵊl-iŋ\

Definition of handling 

1a : the action of one that handles something

b : 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)

2 : the manner in which something is treated (as in a musical, literary, or art work)

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Examples of handling in a Sentence

These items require careful handling. There are additional charges for shipping and handling. The car's handling was smooth.
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In the meantime, Williams is working on his craft as a multipurpose player, with a focus on ball-handling and shooting. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball target Jaylin Williams to narrow school list," 13 July 2018 But instead of giving her up, Moore worked with coaches on her form and ball handling skills. Abby Haglage, refinery29.com, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 There weren't many chances for Johnson to show his ball-handling or passing in the open court as in Game 1. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "T.J. Leaf 'wasn't great' but better than summer league opener as Pacers beat Spurs," 7 July 2018 Evans, who is 6-foot-6, would fit the ball-handling guard that general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach James Borrego have mentioned as a priority need for the Hornets’ roster. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets' search for a big guard could end in Memphis," 2 July 2018 Aaron Gordon Restricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Team: Orlando Magic 17.6 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game A prototypical modern forward with athleticism and some ball-handling chops. azcentral, "Ranking top power forwards in NBA free agency: Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Derrick Favors lead list," 28 June 2018 So data-handling speeds in software applications often become more important than raw calculating speed, which has been the traditional yardstick of supercomputer performance. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker," 25 June 2018 So data-handling speeds in software applications often become more important than raw calculating speed, which has been the traditional yardstick of supercomputer performance. Steve Lohr, The Seattle Times, "China extends its lead as most prolific supercomputer maker," 25 June 2018 Most of Self's wing-type players haven't come with elite ball-handling ability, so the fact that Self can tinker with a new type of skill set only seems to fire him up more. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Why Quentin Grimes' arrival is part of a new reality for Bill Self in 2018-19," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of handling

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of handling

: the act of touching, feeling, holding, or moving something

: the way that someone deals with a person, event, situation, etc.

: the act or process of packing and shipping something to someone (such as a customer)

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