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 Yes, there are a lot of people who will look at those drawings and then just do their own handrail. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything You Should Know About Building (or Renovating!) a Home," 19 Feb. 2021 Hikers aren’t dying on a narrow section where a chain handrail was installed, according to records compiled by FOX 13. The Salt Lake Tribune, "13 people have died since 2000 on Angels Landing trail at Zion," 21 Mar. 2021 But many San Antonians criticized the proposal to lower part of the plaza and surround it with a 42-inch handrail or other buffer. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "The $450 million Alamo project is on life support," 6 Mar. 2021 In many cases, reasonable accommodations are relatively inexpensive or even free, and could include things such as installing a handrail or providing a larger computer monitor. Paula Morgan, Forbes, "How To Create A Disability-Friendly Workplace," 26 Feb. 2021 There are many different steps along the chain that ultimately can affect the pricing of that custom handrail. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything You Should Know About Building (or Renovating!) a Home," 19 Feb. 2021 Warren Uzzle was building a handrail at Nice Place when a rock flew within a few feet of his head, hurtling toward a window. Isaac Fornarola, USA TODAY, "'You need to get him out of there': Vermont man with autism lived in 6 facilities in one year," 18 Dec. 2020 One of the doors started to open up and some dude was trapped between the door and the handrail. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Led Zeppelin, the magic of Richfield Coliseum and the creation of ‘Destroyer’," 11 Dec. 2020 But the Alamo site plan that was approved later calls for the historic plaza to be lowered by about 18 inches and enclosed within a 42-inch-tall handrail. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Wolff fires off another letter on concerns about San Antonio’s Alamo makeover project," 19 Nov. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Handrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handrail. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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