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

Definition of handrail

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

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When acquired by the railroad, benches, pipe handrails, deck and boarding ramps were added to make the gondola passenger-friendly. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 In her teens, she was severely injured when a bus collided with a trolley, causing a metal handrail to break off and pierce her pelvis, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Leah Asmelash And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "In honor of Frida Kahlo's birthday, here are 5 things you should know about the Mexican artist," 6 July 2019 Visitors grab stainless-steel handrails, a tactile sign of the unfolding modern retreat. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "A tranquil garden getaway amid the hustle and bustle of Westwood," 3 Aug. 2019 The building’s co-owners, identified by the county assessor’s office as Alan Aghabegian and Greta Torossian, further plan to replace existing doors and windows and install a sleeker steel-cable handrail along the Foothill frontage. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Foothill Boulevard businesses could get a boost, after design plans approved," 23 July 2019 In the section for young adults, stairs and handrails with a slip-prevention safety grip lead to a section with pool floats of varying shapes and sizes. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Young adults with special needs get free swim lessons this summer," 27 June 2019 Trains are so densely packed during morning and evening rush hours that passengers don’t need to hold onto a handrail to avoid falling. Washington Post, "AP Photos: In the loop: Tokyo from a commuter train line," 7 June 2019 Gene Stanley never walks down stairs without holding the handrail. Quanta Magazine, "Math models seek to prevent the next big network failure.," 18 Mar. 2013 The defense team followed, escorting Manafort's wife Kathleen, who wore a navy suit and stood clutching the handrail staring into space. Catherine Herridge, Jason Donner, Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Excitement in Manafort trial courtroom as jury deliberates," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of handrail

1675, in the meaning defined above

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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