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[hand-reyl] /ˈhændˌreɪl/
a rail serving as a support or guard at the side of a stairway, platform, etc.
Origin of handrail
1785-95; hand + rail1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the first place, the narrow, almost perpendicular ladder without a handrail is peculiarly unsuited for the use of women.

    Women in Modern Industry B. L. Hutchins
  • The bottom bamboo serves as a bridge, and the top one as a handrail.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Dick found a handrail and groped his way up around a spiral staircase, four flights of it.

  • One of the men went to the footbridge and tore off the handrail.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • There was a strictly improvised cage to ascend in—planks and a handrail forming an insecure platform that might hold four people.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The conductor leaned down after her, hanging to the handrail.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • One of the men went to the foot-bridge and tore off the handrail.

British Dictionary definitions for handrail


a rail alongside a stairway, etc, at a convenient height to be grasped to provide support
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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