hand·rail | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌrāl \

Definition of handrail 

: a narrow rail for grasping with the hand as a support

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Fire officials have said the March 26, 2014, fire at 298 Beacon St., which killed Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, was started by sparks from welders working on an iron handrail in a building next door. Marek Mazurek, BostonGlobe.com, "Late Boston firefighters’ families urge tough fire laws," 12 July 2018 Are there solid handrails on at least one side of the stairways? Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "CHECKLIST: Is your home safe for seniors?," 24 Apr. 2018 The new plaza includes a sloped walkway with lighted handrails that leads to the front doors, which is designed to be ADA compliant and easier for seniors to traverse. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 30 May 2018 At the same time, there are the custom sheets of very modern translucent polycarbonate and aluminum handrails milled like Ferraris. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 The fire was ignited by sparks from welders working on an iron handrail at the building next door to the fatal fire, authorities found. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Relatives of two Boston firefighters killed in Back Bay blaze to testify on ‘hot work’ bill on Beacon Hill," 11 July 2018 Doubleday said the handrail appeared to have light fixtures built into it and was somehow energized with electricity. Fox News, "Official: Girl, 6, critical after electric shock at resort," 27 June 2018 Kehaar flew up, circled the pool and perched on the handrail. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 Someone had taped up a sign made of deconstructed cardboard boxes along a handrail lining the sidewalk. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Live updates: Melania Trump expected in Arizona for immigration visit," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of handrail

1675, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handrail was in 1675

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English Language Learners Definition of handrail

: a narrow bar placed on the side of a walkway or a flight of stairs that you can hold as you walk


hand·rail | \ ˈhand-ˌrāl \

Kids Definition of handrail

: a rail to be grasped by the hand for support

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