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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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  • Too much charting becomes an unnecessary handrail, too many floodlights along the dark path.
  • He wraps five crooked fingers around the handrail beside him.
  • Escalators are ridden without grasping the handrail.
  • One end of the handrail is usually anchored to a wall or a railing at the top of the stairs.
  • The restroom door is wide enough for a wheelchair, but there is no handrail.
  • But the restrooms are down a flight of stairs and have no handrail.
  • Under captain's orders, they headed to the handrail at the lee side of the sail and lashed themselves to it.
  • My agency is considering adopting a standard for pedestrian handrail.
  • Four types of edge protection and handrail design are shown.
  • handrail is mounted into a recessed section of a wall.
British Dictionary definitions for handrail


a rail alongside a stairway, etc, at a convenient height to be grasped to provide support
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