banister


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ban·is·ter

also ban·nis·ter  (băn′ĭ-stər)
n.
1.
a. A handrail, especially on a staircase.
b. Such a handrail together with its supporting structures.
2. One of the vertical supports of a handrail; a baluster.

[Variant of baluster.]

ban•is•ter

art at banksia

or ban•nis•ter

(ˈbæn ə stər)

n.
1. Sometimes, banisters. a handrail and its supporting posts, esp. on a staircase; balustrade.
2. a handrail, esp. on a staircase.
3. a baluster.
[1660–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banister - a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from fallingbanister - a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
balcony - a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
baluster - one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
rail, railing - a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
Translations
دَرابِزينقَضيب أو عَمود الدّرابْزين
zábradlísloupek zábradlí
gelænderrækværkstav
kaide
ograda na stubištu
pílári í handriîi, rimillstigahandriî
手すり
난간
turėklaiturėklų stulpelis
balustrādebalustrs, stabiņšmargas
balustertrapleuning
stĺpik
ograja
trappräcke
ราวระเบียง
trabzanmerdiven parmaklığı
tay vịn

banister

bannister [ˈbænɪstər] n (= stair rail) → rampe f d'escalier

banister

, bannister
n (also banisters)Geländer nt

banister

(ˈbӕnistə) noun
1. (often plural) the handrail of a staircase and the posts supporting it.
2. one of the posts supporting the handrail.

banister

دَرابِزين zábradlí gelænder Geländer κουπαστή σκάλας barandilla, pasamanos kaide rampe ograda na stubištu ringhiera 手すり 난간 trapleuning gelender poręcz corrimão балясина trappräcke ราวระเบียง trabzan tay vịn 扶栏
References in classic literature ?
She stayed there, erect, holding to the banister rail and looking out calmly in the distance across the fields.
So, almost every twenty-four hours, when the watches of the night were set, and the band on deck sentinelled the slumbers of the band below; and when if a rope was to be hauled upon the forecastle, the sailors flung it not rudely down, as by day, but with some cautiousness dropt it to its place, for fear of disturbing their slumbering shipmates; when this sort of steady quietude would begin to prevail, habitually, the silent steersman would watch the cabin-scuttle; and ere long the old man would emerge, griping at the iron banister, to help his crippled way.
It would have made a fine picture, worthy of Rembrandt, the gloomy winding stairs illuminated by the reddish glare of the cresset of Gryphus, with his scowling jailer's countenance at the top, the melancholy figure of Cornelius bending over the banister to look down upon the sweet face of Rosa, standing, as it were, in the bright frame of the door of her chamber, with embarrassed mien at being thus seen by a stranger.
On a banister post stood a tallow candle which guttered in the draft.
It was all over, and Saxon, moving as in a dream, clutching the banister tightly, came down the front steps.
So Brydon argued with his hand on the banister and his foot on the lowest stair; in which position he felt as never before the air chilled by his logic.
Yes, when you were blurting out that I sometimes slide down the banisters.
She did not skim over it, but walked down it, and guided herself by the banisters on account of her candle having died out.
Overhead, as she sat, she could now hear the floorboards slightly creak, as if some one were walking about, and presently the movement was explained by the rustle of garments against the banisters, the opening and the closing of the front door, and the form of Tess passing to the gate on her way into the street.
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.
Leaning over the banisters, he heard a door open below, then a short conversation, and finally footsteps climbing the stairs.
Raddle, thrusting her nightcap over the banisters just as Mr.