hand·​rail | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌrāl How to pronounce handrail (audio) \

Definition of handrail

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

Examples of handrail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How much higher will pedestrians in the middle of the country have to reach in summer to grab the handrail? Laura Feiveson, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Solve Our Riddle of the Week?," 17 July 2020 As part of that larger project, engineers replaced the thick, chunky slats on the western handrail with thinner slats, designed the help make the orange span more aerodynamic. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Hear that ghostly hum on the Golden Gate Bridge? It’s here to stay.," 6 June 2020 Replacement handrails changed the flow of air across the span, resulting in the moody new soundtrack. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Should Apple buy its own search engine?," 9 June 2020 Other objects: handrails, doorknobs, tabletops and others. USA Today, "Leaving your coronavirus isolation? Think about these 3 things first," 21 May 2020 For a week before the city went on lockdown, Christopher Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell, and his team swabbed handrails, kiosks, and floors in the Grand Central and Times Square stations two of the city’s busiest. Lina Zeldovich/undark, Popular Science, "COVID-19 surface tests can’t make public spaces safe just yet," 15 May 2020 At end-of-the line stations, custodial workers scrub train handrails and stanchions with germicidal wipes, in addition to their routine car washings. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Riding transit? BART, Muni scrubbing more to guard from coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 Organizers did their best to mitigate any contagion fears, with copious hand sanitizer at practically every demo booth and a visible phalanx of workers constantly wiping down exposed handrails and other surfaces. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "PAX East 2020: The show’s best costumes, collectibles, and eye-catchers," 2 Mar. 2020 Those include workstations, countertops, doorknobs, elevator buttons, security card readers, faucets and escalator handrails. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus cleaning: Bay Area businesses ramp up on disinfectant," 7 Mar. 2020

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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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10 Aug 2020

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“Handrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handrail. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce handrail (audio) \

Kids Definition of handrail

: a rail to be grasped by the hand for support

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