In English an assortment of things can be called "handles", and this is usually translated to one of the following in Mandarin:

CC-CEDICT: (bǎ​) ... / handle / ...
CC-CEDICT: 把手 (bǎ​shou​) handle / grip / knob
CC-CEDICT: 手把 (shǒu​bà​) handle
CC-CEDICT: (bǐng​) handle or shaft (of an axe etc) / (of a flower, leaf or fruit) stem / ...
CC-CEDICT: 把柄 (bǎ​bǐng​) handle / ...
CC-CEDICT: 手柄 (shǒu​bǐng​) handle / ...

Here are 15 things which could be called "handles" in English:

i. Photo by Ron Lach  from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/bicycle-handle-with-bell-10213675/ ii. Photo by Tim  Samuel from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/attentive-asian-male-taxi-driver-in-modern-car-5835451/ iii. Photo by Anna Zaykina from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-shot-of-black-and-pink-door-with-gold-lining-8467502/ iv. Photo by Leef Parks from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-handle-knife-on-brown-wooden-table-3809174/ v. Photo by Charlotte May from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/wooden-dresser-with-handles-in-room-5825540/

vi. Photo by Luis Quintero from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-black-backpack-3731256/ vii. Photo by Jermaine Ulinwa from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/grayscale-photo-of-woman-holding-katana-3130928/ viii. Photo by SHVETS production from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/empty-shopping-cart-on-yellow-background-7195232/ ix. Photo by Skylar Kang from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/old-fashioned-handbag-with-metal-handle-6044266/ x. Photo by EKATERINA  BOLOVTSOVA from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-hand-holding-a-white-ceramic-mug-6312196/

xi. Photo by Ferliana Febritasari from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/hanging-orange-handles-in-public-transport-3766617/ xii. Photo by Tyler Lastovich from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-and-silver-axe-on-grass-544458/ xiii. Photo by Monstera from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/suitcase-with-world-map-in-room-7412055/ xiv. Photo by Steve Johnson from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-green-leaf-plant-near-white-wooden-cabinet-930602/ xv. Photo by Mike B from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/red-scissors-near-green-leaf-211710/
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Question: What are these 15 types of handles called in Mandarin?

This is what I think: i. 车柄 ii. 把手 iii. 把手 iv. 把柄 v. 把手 vi. 手柄 (??) vii. 剑柄 viii. 把手 ix. 手柄 (??) x. 把手 xi. 把手 xii. 把柄 xiii. 把手 xiv. 门把 xv. 把手 (??).

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As a general rule every handle can be translated as "把/把手". Aside from 把手 there are specific names given to specific types of handles/把手. For example:

iv./vii./xii. 柄

vi./ix. 提手

xi. 扶手 (including the poles, the seat handles and the grab/strap handles)

xi. 拉环 (the round-shaped grab/strap handles)

xiii. 拉杆


槍把, 刀把, 劍把, 鍋把, 鍋蓋把, 杯把, 頩把, 車把, 提把, 門把, 窗把, 儲/櫥櫃把, 箱把,把手, 手把, 把柄.

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