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)

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Ball handling, jump rope, line jump, defensive slide, cone agility, tire flipping, weighted tire jumps, triceps dips, running, and shooting. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Next elite big man in 2022 could be Byron's Ahjany Lee; Iowa, Gophers already offered," 13 Nov. 2020 The Biden campaign used the opportunity to go after the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus and its effect on North Carolinians. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Trump wins North Carolina, leaving all states called in 2020 election," 13 Nov. 2020 Since the season prematurely ended and the pandemic hit, Okoro has been on the Auburn campus working on every facet of his game -- ball-handling, passing, defensive slides, and, of course, shooting. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "2020 NBA Draft: Isaac Okoro is willing to do whatever it takes to win, can be ‘elite two-way player’ in Andre Iguodala mold," 13 Nov. 2020 The drills focus on individual skills that are sometimes overlooked in a team setting, including ball-handling, feet position, stance, dribbling, and shooting. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Revolution Basketball Training focuses on individual skills," 11 Nov. 2020 The Accord's crisp handling, balanced ride, and quiet cruising demeanor all carry over unchanged. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Polishes a Winning Formula," 10 Nov. 2020 McCabe has previously defended the FBI's handling of the early steps of the Russia investigation, including the warrant. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Watch Live: Andrew McCabe testifies on Russia probe," 10 Nov. 2020 The settlement requires Zoom to implement a comprehensive security plan and cease any misrepresentation of its security or data-handling practices. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Zoom settles FTC case accusing it of privacy missteps with no fine," 9 Nov. 2020 Trump’s handling of racial tensions particularly concern her. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "How COVID-19 shaped the 2020 election: It swung some voters to Biden but bolstered Trump with his base," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Nov 2020

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“Handling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handling. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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