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Handrail

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun handrail:

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Definition of the noun handrail

What does handrail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: handrails

  1. a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
    • examples: Hold the handrail. | Hold on to the handrail. | Hold on firmly to the handrail. | The naughty boy broke his leg. He would have broken his head less he didn't grab to the handrail in time.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of handrail: balusters / balustrade / banister / bannister
    • more generic word: barrier = a structure or object that impedes free movement
    • part of: balcony = a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
    • parts:
      • baluster = one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing
      • railing / rail = a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports

Alternative definition of the noun handrail

noun

  1. A rail which can be held, such as on the side of a staircase, ramp or other walkway, and serving as a support or guard.

Explanation

Handrail: A handrail is a rail that is designed to be grasped by the hand so as to provide stability or support. Handrails are commonly used while ascending or descending stairways and escalators in order to prevent injurious falls. Other applications include bathroom handrails—which help to prevent falls on slippery, wet floors—and barres, which serve as training aids for ballet dancers. Handrails are typically supported by posts or mounted directly to walls.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Handrail

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Google previewArchitectural Trim (2007)

The handrail is a custom design made of cherry wood and is meant to feel comfortable in the hand. The construction of the baluster, although simple, is sturdy. The balusters follow other design elements in the house. This railing designed by ...

Google previewCode Compliance for Advanced Technology Facilities (1994)

A Comprehensive Guide for Semiconductor and other Hazardous Occupancies by William R. Acorn

HANDRAIL is a railing provided for grasping with the hand Uniform Building Code Definitions and Abbreviations 329.

Google previewInteriors, An Introduction (2016)

Arts, Visual arts by CTI Reviews

Handrail: A handrail is a rail that is designed to be grasped by the hand so as to provide stability or support. Handrails are commonly used while ascending or descending stairways and escalators in order to prevent injurious falls.

Google previewYour Home Inspection Guide (1995)

by William L. Ventolo

A handrail is the piece to grasp for support when ascending or descending a stairway. A flight is an unbroken series of steps. A landing is a platform that separates flights of steps. A nosing line is an imaginary diagonal line through the front ...

Google previewAuerbach's Wilderness Medicine (2016)

by Paul S. Auerbach, Tracy A Cushing, N. Stuart Harris

28,37 A handrail is a linear feature on the map that can be easily recognized in the terrain and used as a guide toward an objective.

Google previewResidential Design, Drafting, and Detailing (2013)

by Alan Jefferis

Handrails are required for each continuous run of treads with four or more risers. A handrail is the rail fixed to the wall or posts that you hold on to for support as you walk up or down the stairs. The IRC requires the handrail to be ...

Google previewPlans, specs, building (1986)

by Jack Payne Jones

The handrail is a plain ...

Google previewCommercial Drafting and Detailing (2015)

by Alan Jefferis, Kenneth D. Smith

A handrail is the rail fixed to the wall or posts that you hold on to for support as you walk up or down the stairs. Handrails are required for each continuous run of treads with four or more risers and must be provided on each side of the stair run.

Google previewRailway Track and Structures (1914)

RT & S.

The handrail is a concrete cast integral with the rest of the bridge.

Google previewA Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (2012)

by Christopher Gorse, David Johnston, Martin Pritchard

handrail A rail ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Control Technology: Volume 7 (1994)

High-Hazard Pollutants by Paul Cheremisinoff

STAGE ROPES & MAIN HOjST ROPE o | CROSS-HEAD • { : REMOVABLE * to HANDRAIL • * 3. oy o — - * 6 FT. High SAFETY SCREEN goto s' FlxED HANDRAIL GA o |-|- GRATING - }:: o H ACCESS HATCH VENT GATE . o: wo : f : v.

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Architecture (2008)

by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris, Sally Stone

A supported handrail built on to a staircase to provide rigidity and protection. The banister is usually supported by vertical pickets or balusters. It may connect at either end to a newel post that is firmly attached to the floor joist, or a half-newel ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (2015)

by James Stevens Curl, Susan Wilson

geometrical with continuous handrail: such stairs were often elliptical on plan; (g) geometrical Imperial with scrolled handrails; ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Building (2012)

by Peter Brett

Continuous handrail The handrail of a geometrical stair. Continuous string The string to a ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of House & Do-It-Yourself - House & Do-It-Yourself (2009)

handrail Top part of a guard for gripping when climbing or descending a staircase. flight of stairs Set of steps lying between two floors, two ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Architecture (1876)

Historical, Theoretical & Practical by Joseph Gwilt

The upper part of the fence formed by capping the halusters of stairs is called the handrail, whose use, as its name imports, is for a support to the hand in the ascent and descent of stairs. The hand, for support to the body, should glide easily ...

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Handrail Meaning

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Scrabble value of H4A1N1D2R1A1I1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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