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also ban·nis·ter  (băn′ĭ-stər)
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.]


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or ban•nis•ter

(ˈbæn ə stər)

1. Sometimes, banisters. a handrail and its supporting posts, esp. on a staircase; balustrade.
2. a handrail, esp. on a staircase.
3. a baluster.
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
دَرابِزينقَضيب أو عَمود الدّرابْزين
zábradlísloupek zábradlí
ograda na stubištu
pílári í handriîi, rimillstigahandriî
turėklaiturėklų stulpelis
balustrādebalustrs, stabiņšmargas
trabzanmerdiven parmaklığı
tay vịn


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


, bannister
n (also banisters)Geländer nt


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


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
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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.
Here, leaning over the banister, I cried out suddenly, and without at all deliberating on my words -
Poor Hareton was squalling and kicking in his father's arms with all his might, and redoubled his yells when he carried him up- stairs and lifted him over the banister.
They thus climbed up three stories, he behind her, touching with his hands, when he felt for the banister, a silk dress which rubbed against each side of the staircase.
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.
He paused in his labours for a moment to lean with her against the banister.
On a banister post stood a tallow candle which guttered in the draft.
At this moment they saw across the banister of the staircase the points of the halberds of the soldiers rising.
She was obliged to hold by the banister, with the hand that was free.
When the echo of it had died away the woman on the landing leaned over the banister and called out bitterly to the man below "Don't you want to come up and say good-bye.
It was all over, and Saxon, moving as in a dream, clutching the banister tightly, came down the front steps.