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a. One of the upright, usually rounded or vase-shaped supports of a balustrade.
b. An upright support, such as a furniture leg, having a similar shape.
2. One of the supporting posts of a handrail.
[French balustre, from Italian balaustro, from balaustra, pomegranate flower (from a resemblance to the post), from Latin balaustium, from Greek balaustion, probably from a Semitic source akin to Syriac blaṣ, to bud, flower, and perhaps to Tigrinya bäläṣä, to be superior.]
(Architecture) any of a set of posts supporting a rail or coping
(Antiques) (of a shape) swelling at the base and rising in a concave curve to a narrow stem or neck: a baluster goblet stem.
[C17: from French balustre, from Italian balaustro pillar resembling a pomegranate flower, ultimately from Greek balaustion]
bal•us•ter(ˈbæl ə stər)
1. any of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing.
2. balusters, a balustrade.
3. any of various symmetrical supports, as furniture legs or spindles, tending to swell toward the bottom or top.
[1595–1605; < French, Middle French balustre < Italian balaustro pillar shaped like the calyx of the pomegranate flower « Latin balaustium pomegranate flower < GK balaústion]
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|Noun||1.||baluster - one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing|
balusters, balustrade, banister, handrail, bannister - a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"