Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flat rectangular tray or cart with carrying poles at each end, used in transporting loads.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. frame, supported by poles, used for carrying things

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A frame or barrow, without a wheel, carried by hand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of litter or stretcher, sometimes flat, sometimes trough-shaped, with handles at each end, carried between two persons.
  • n. In gunnery, a frame used to carry shot and shell.
  • n. A wheel-barrow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; carried by two people

Etymologies

hand +‎ barrow (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Potter and Injun Joe were carrying a handbarrow with a rope and

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Cashel waited for two porters carrying a handbarrow and a woman with a large wicker basket of washing to pass the obstruction going the other way.

    Lord of the Isles

  • A pair of porters holding a handbarrow between them stared in horror.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Porters, hucksters, errand boys went through with basket and handbarrow, passing across aisles and nave before the very screen that shut in choir and altar.

    Sea-Dogs All! A Tale of Forest and Sea

  • When the last coffin came alone upon the handbarrow, Crofts accompanied it, followed by two little girls.

    The Old Homestead

  • The equivalent of a dollar to a dollar-fifty a week in rent was sometimes a fifth of a worker's salary, and when one of these Ebenezer Scrooge slumlords decided to raise the rent, sometimes a large family found itself homeless with nothing but a handbarrow to tote away all its worldly goods.

    Portrait of a Killer

  • The communication trench we found to be one of the widest we had ever seen; a handbarrow could have been wheeled along the floor.

    The Red Horizon

  • Exactly before the opening, however, stood a melancholy impediment—a handbarrow, placed upon the ground, on which two monatti were laying out a poor creature to bear him away: it was the head of the customhouse officers, in whom the plague had been discovered just before.

    Chapter XXXIV

  • The first one was put upon a long handbarrow, over which the captain had previously spread a tablecloth, and, followed by the ladies, was deposited by the side of the body of Red.

    Romance of California Life

  • Potter and Injun Joe were carrying a handbarrow with a rope and a couple of shovels on it.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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