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hand·rail

 (hănd′rāl′)
n.
A narrow railing that is grasped with the hand for support, as on a staircase.
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handrail

(ˈhændˌreɪl)
n
(Architecture) a rail alongside a stairway, etc, at a convenient height to be grasped to provide support
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hand•rail

(ˈhændˌreɪl)

n.
a rail serving as a support or guard at the side of a stairway, platform, etc.
[1785–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handrail - a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from fallinghandrail - a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
balcony - a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
baluster - one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
rail, railing - a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
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Translations
zábradlí

handrail

[ˈhændreɪl] N (on staircase etc) → pasamanos m inv, barandilla f; (on ship) → barandilla f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

handrail

[ˈhændreɪl] n [staircase] → rampe f, main f courante; (on boat)bastingage mhand-rear [ˌhændˈrɪər] vt [+ animal, bird] → élever au biberonhand-reared [ˌhændˈrɪərd] adjélevé(e) au biberon
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

handrail

[ˈhændˌreɪl] n (on staircase) → corrimano
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
However, he did not let her fall, but took advantage of the support of the handrail to imprint a kiss upon her lips--lips in the daytime scorned.
Across it was a narrow foot-bridge; but now the autumn flood had washed the handrail away, leaving the bare plank only, which, lying a few inches above the speeding current, formed a giddy pathway for even steady heads; and Tess had noticed from the window of the house in the daytime young men walking across upon it as a feat in balancing.
First peeping over the handrail and allowing the head-dress to disappear in the darkness below, he groped his way down, and arrived at the door of a back kitchen immediately after Miss Brass had entered the same, bearing in her hand a cold leg of mutton.
Looking out accordingly, and stretching her neck over the handrail, she descried, to her great amazement, Mr Tappertit completely dressed, stealing downstairs, one step at a time, with his shoes in one hand and a lamp in the other.
Arrested by a whispering above, she paused in the doorway, and looked up the stairs along a broad smooth handrail that swept round in an unbroken curve at each landing, forming an inclined plane from the top to the bottom of the house.
But downstairs is the charitable Guster, holding by the handrail of the kitchen stairs and warding off a fit, as yet doubtfully, the same having been induced by Mrs.
"Men," I said, stepping forward to the handrail and looking down into their upturned, bronzed faces, "you are anxiously awaiting information as to the ship's position.
As the weather grew warmer the dogs were forbidden to run beside the cart, but sat at my side on the seat, Vixen with her head under the crook of my left elbow, and Garm hugging the left handrail.
The fences and gates were new and solid; two fire pumps and a water cart, painted green, stood in a shed; the paths were straight, the bridges were strong and had handrails. Everything bore an impress of tidiness and good management.
For a full minute neither of us could do aught but cling with the proverbial desperation of the drowning man to the handrails of our swinging seats.
One of these wells was spanned by a flimsy bridge with iron handrails that felt warm to the touch as Raffles led the way across!
IF you want to make a clean sweep in your hallway, a new handrail and balusters can really transform an old stairway.