/han"dl bahr'/, n.
1. Usually, handlebars.
a. the curved steering bar of a bicycle, motorcycle, etc., placed in front of the rider and gripped by the hands. See illus. under bicycle.
2. a bar or rod, usually of metal and having a handle at one end, used for handling, guiding, or maneuvering some object.
[1885-90; HANDLE + BAR1]

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