• WordNet 3.6
    • n handrest a support for the hand
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handrest The T-rest on a hand-lathe: so called because used as a rest for a hand-tool in turning and to distinguish it from an automatic or slide-rest.
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In literature:

Two carfuls of tourists passed slowly, their women sitting fore, gripping the handrests.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce