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It generally means an "indirect access" pointer, but sometimes it's direct. For instance, in Windows, we get a handle to a bitmap with CreateCompatibleBitmap(). But the pointer it returns does not give you direct access to the bitmap bits. Thus, this is a "true" handle. On the other hand, you could assign a pointer to an int, but that would be a "direct" handle since you can physically manipulate the value at the other end of it...
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yes, summed up, it's just a way to reference an object (usually a data structure in memory).