han·​dle·​bar ˈhan-dᵊl-ˌbär How to pronounce handlebar (audio)
: a straight or bent bar with a handle at each end
specifically : one used to steer a bicycle or similar vehicle
usually used in plural

Examples of handlebar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The removable handlebars have a throttle and a display. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 25 Feb. 2024 These story enhancers give your team the mental handlebars needed to steer through the complexity of change. Sherzod Odilov, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Video footage recovered from the neighborhood showed the man appeared to have an unspecified mechanical issue with his bicycle causing him to be ejected over the handlebars onto the pavement, causing a fatal injury, police said. Harry Harris, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 The handlebars are easy to adjust, and the rear-fender brake allows for confident stopping. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 29 Sep. 2023 There isn’t an official steering wheel, but the two front handlebars combine with the bobsled design to act as guiding devices that gently encourage the sled in either direction. Heather Balogh Rochfort, Parents, 26 Feb. 2024 The handlebars have a throttle on them, but the bars can’t really be used to steer the craft. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 25 Feb. 2024 The fat wheels responded to the slightest pressure on the handlebars. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Type 1 bikes have a seat, a rear ski and a front ski with handlebars for steering. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handlebar was in 1844

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“Handlebar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handlebar. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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han·​dle·​bar ˈhan-dᵊl-ˌbär How to pronounce handlebar (audio)
: a bar with a handle (as for steering a bicycle) at each end
usually used in plural

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