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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In 2016, in a blistering report criticizing the diocese’s handling of the cases, the Pennsylvania state attorney general’s office published a chart that one bishop had used to determine payouts. Mary Pilon, Fortune, "'How Much Is a Little Girl Worth?': The Painful Financial Fallout of the Larry Nassar Case," 27 June 2019 Look for lightweight models with telescopic handles, multidirectional wheels, corner protectors and strong frames that can withstand the rigors of baggage handling. Houston Chronicle, "Head out with the best travel gear, whether on the road or in the air," 27 June 2019 Yet Facebook’s announcement was also met with strong pushback from lawmakers already concerned about the tech giant’s handling of user data. Washington Post, "Stephen Moore, after failed bid for Federal Reserve, looks to cryptocurrency," 25 June 2019 The crowds outside the headquarters complex are demanding an investigation into the police’s handling of the disturbances as well as the release of all those arrested. Time Staff, Time, "Thousands Besiege Hong Kong's Police Headquarters After a Day of Anti-Government Protests," 21 June 2019 His path to draft night has been a unique journey into a professional basketball career — from his arrival as a stellar recruit to the NCAA’s handling of his eligibility in what became his final college season. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "NCAA travails inform UM’s Dewan Hernandez as he prepares for NBA draft," 19 June 2019 Renteria’s handling of the pitching staff will undergo renewed scrutiny if the Sox remain in contention. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Rebuild vs. Rebuild: Comparing the 2019 White Sox with the 2014 Cubs," 16 June 2019 Twitter: @techchronicle More Facebook backlash A German state government has announced plans to shut down the region’s Facebook page because of concerns over the company’s handling of data protection issues. SFChronicle.com, "Chewy stock jumps; Whataburger gets majority owner; more Facebook backlash," 14 June 2019 In the older cast-iron segments of the network, the pressure rises to at least 6 psi, twelve times what the pipes are capable of handling. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of handling

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

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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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