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a rail alongside a stairway, etc., at a convenient height to be grasped to provide support
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A rail providing a handhold and serving as a support at the side of a stair or elevated platform.
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A narrow rail to be grasped by a person for support.
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rail, 3
ragwork, 1
1. A bar of wood or other material passing from one post or other support to another; a hand support along a stairway.
2. A structure consisting of rails and their sustaining posts, balusters, or pillars, and constituting an enclosure or a line of division, as a balcony rail.
3. A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling as a door rail, or in the framework of a window sash.
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