Banister


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banister

[′ban·ə·stər]
(building construction)
A handrail for a staircase.

Banister

A slender pillar turned on a lathe, used to support the handrail of a stair.

baluster, banister

baluster, 3
baluster, 1
1. One of a number of short vertical members, often circular in section, used to support a stair handrail or a coping.
2. (pl.) A balustrade.
3. The roll forming the side of an Ionic capital; a bolster, pulvinus.

banister

1. A handrail for a staircase.
2. A baluster.
References in classic literature ?
Staggering out on the landing, he leaned far over the banister.
I was not so vexed at losing Agnes as I might have been, since it gave me an opportunity of making myself known to Traddles on the stairs, who greeted me with great fervour; while Uriah writhed with such obtrusive satisfaction and self-abasement, that I could gladly have pitched him over the banisters.
Now write, 'I am very sorry that Miss Wilson saw me when I slid down the banisters this evening.
I have broken the rules by sliding down the banisters to-day with Miss Carpenter and Miss Wylie.
Huntingdon, leaning over the banisters, called out, 'Give my love to Annabella
Her hand clenched itself on the banisters, then she seemed to nerve herself for some encounter, and went rapidly past me down the stairs across the hall to the boudoir, the door of which she shut behind her.
He went silently up the stairs, leaning against the banisters at the stair-head.
The spread fingers of my right hand encountered nothing on the damp wall; those of my left trailed through a dust that could be felt on the banisters.
The banisters led us to the left, and to the left again.
He bowed as I drew aside to let him pass--his face was fearfully pale--and he held fast by the banisters as he descended the stairs.
A lady so decorous in herself, and so highly connected, was not to be suspected of dropping over the banisters or sliding down them, yet her extraordinary facility of locomotion suggested the wild idea.
She did not skim over it, but walked down it, and guided herself by the banisters on account of her candle having died out.