handlebar han"dle*bar` n. The curved bar connected by a shaft to the front wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle, positioned nearly horizontally in front of the rider's seat, designed to be gripped by the rider while riding, and used to steer the vehicle. Usually used in the plural; as, don't let go of the handlbars. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

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  • handlebar — [han′dəl bär΄] n. 1. [often pl.] a curved or bent metal bar with handles on the ends, for steering a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. ☆ 2. Informal a mustache with long, curved ends, resembling a handlebar: in full handlebar mustache …   English World dictionary

  • handlebar — (n.) also handle bar, 1867 in reference to bicycles, from HANDLE (Cf. handle) (n.) + BAR (Cf. bar) (n.1). Of mustaches, first recorded 1933 …   Etymology dictionary

  • handlebar — (also handlebars) ► NOUN ▪ the steering bar of a bicycle, motorbike, or other similar vehicle …   English terms dictionary

  • Handlebar — Handlebars usually refer to the steering mechanism for bicycles, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and personal watercraft; the equivalent of a steering wheel. Besides acting as a steering mechanism, handlebars also may support a portion of the… …   Wikipedia

  • handlebar — /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. b. See handlebar moustache. 2. a bar or rod, usually of metal… …   Universalium

  • handlebar — noun Handlebar is used before these nouns: ↑moustache …   Collocations dictionary

  • handlebar — [[t]hæ̱nd(ə)lbɑː(r)[/t]] handlebars N COUNT The handlebar or handlebars of a bicycle consist of a curved metal bar with handles at each end which are used for steering …   English dictionary

  • handlebar — A steering device found on bicycles and motorcycles. Grips, brake levers, and shifters, etc. are attached to the handlebar …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • handlebar — n. (often in pl.) the steering bar of a bicycle etc., with a handgrip at each end. Phrases and idioms: handlebar moustache a thick moustache with curved ends …   Useful english dictionary

  • handlebar — noun Date: 1886 a straight or bent bar with a handle at each end; specifically one used to steer a bicycle or similar vehicle usually used in plural …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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