Definitions

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

  • n. A narrow railing to be grasped with the hand for support.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a rail{1} at the side of staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling; -- shaped so as to be conveniently gripped with the hand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rail or railing resting on balusters or uprights, or otherwise supported and fixed, serving as a guard and support on the edge of a stair, a gallery, a platform, etc.; a rail to hold by.

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

  • n. a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

Etymologies

hand +‎ rail. (Wiktionary)

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