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[hand-reyl] /ˈhændˌreɪl/
a rail serving as a support or guard at the side of a stairway, platform, etc.
Origin of handrail
First recorded in 1785-95; hand + rail1 Unabridged
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  • The bottom bamboo serves as a bridge, and the top one as a handrail.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • When that happened Stott gripped the handrail, and grew damp and hot.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • It had a handrail of pure, transparent, water-clear plastic.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • A rope has since been stretched along the rock to serve for a handrail.

  • He hurried past and left Elim grasping the handrail of the stair.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • To all the upper ends of the V's a light pole is tied to form a handrail.

  • There's only a handrail in places, and a nasty drop if you fall.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
British Dictionary definitions for handrail


a rail alongside a stairway, etc, at a convenient height to be grasped to provide support
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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