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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The handling of Monument by the D.C. charter board — which prides itself on giving the 120 campuses in its sector autonomy — opens a window onto how the board operates. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "The warnings about safety came for months. But regulators didn’t force Monument Academy to make changes.," 7 Sep. 2019 Improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle: Cochran Road At noon Sept. 2, an officer stopped a car after its driver committed two traffic violations. cleveland.com, "Drunk woman found in another’s car; says her wallet fell into car’s window: Solon police blotter," 6 Sep. 2019 In sub-Saharan Africa, just 6% of total food loss occurs at the consumption phase, but 36% is lost during storage and handling, FAO data show. Los Angeles Times, "1.3 billion tons of food being wasted each year. Can we stop it?," 29 Aug. 2019 In fact, on the administration’s handling of gun policy, the approval ratings are almost identical to those concerning Trump’s presidency: 36% approve of Trump on gun policy, while 61% disapprove. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: President Trump’s approval ratings," 26 Aug. 2019 His handling of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, though, was praised by many. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "You can't nuke a hurricane to stop it, as Trump reportedly suggested. Here's why," 26 Aug. 2019 White: Data handling, which would range from secure storage and encryption (0) to unaccountable third parties (4). Stephen Nowicki, WIRED, "Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings," 10 Aug. 2019 Waltz criticizes the president’s handling of North Korea, and Soto rips into Trump’s comments about race. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Talking Trump: Darren Soto, Michael Waltz are WFTV’s guests," 8 Aug. 2019 The participants train and work on fundamentals, including ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive principles, strength, speed, agility and moving without the ball. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, "Children develop basketball skills at summer camp," 2 Aug. 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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