han·​dling | \ ˈhan(d)-liŋ How to pronounce handling (audio) , 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)

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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Recent Examples on the Web If you are immunocompromised, consider asking for assistance with carcass processing and handling. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2021 Doyle says the Knox training program will add education on the business, marketing and finance of farming and safe food handling practices, as well as opportunities for participants to use commercial kitchens. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Thirty-two percent of Iowans approve of Biden’s handling of the economy and 61% disapprove. Brianne Pfannenstiel, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 That car was a lightweight convertible roadster with balanced handling characteristics that define the category to this day. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2021 The other is the fact that merchandise is more expensive due to the difficulty in the supply chain and higher handling costs. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 However, performance, handling and acceleration are not generally metrics that are important to truck customers. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2021 Perhaps surprisingly in a community about equally split between Republicans and Democrats, Franklin Sherman's handling of the pandemic and the attitude among parents toward vaccinating children appear to run counter to the popular narrative. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2021 On Friday morning, the organization announced the production of the Republican governor’s likeness, available for purchase online for $25 plus an $8 shipping and handling fee per order. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of handling

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

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“Handling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handling. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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