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 (no͞o′əl, nyo͞o′-)
1. A vertical support at the center of a circular staircase.
2. A post that supports a handrail at the bottom or at the landing of a staircase.

[Middle English nouel, niewel, from Old French noiel, from Vulgar Latin *nōdellus, little knot, diminutive of Latin nōdulus, diminutive of nōdus, knot; see node.]
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1. (Architecture) the central pillar of a winding staircase, esp one that is made of stone
2. (Architecture) short for newel post
[C14: from Old French nouel knob, from Medieval Latin nōdellus, diminutive of nōdus node]
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(ˈnu əl, ˈnyu-)

2. a central pillar or upright from which the steps of a winding stair radiate.
[1325–75; earlier nuel, Middle English nowel < Middle French no(u)el kernel, newel < Late Latin *nucāle, n. use of neuter of nucālis of a nut, nutlike, derivative of Latin nuc- (s. of nux) nut]
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- The main post at the bottom of a banister or stairway.
See also related terms for stairway.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.newel - the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairsnewel - the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail
post - an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position; "he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them"
2.newel - the central pillar of a circular staircase
pillar, column - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
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[ˈnjuːəl] newel post [ˌnjuːəlˈpəʊst] Nposte m (de una escalera)
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n (of spiral staircase)Spindel f; (supporting banister) → Pfosten m
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The stairs likewise to the upper rooms, let them be upon a fair open newel, and finely railed in, with images of wood, cast into a brass color; and a very fair landing-place at the top.
The staircase consists of three finials, in the shape of the Bird's Egg, and newels. The finials are handmade and crafted from a single piece of maple and hand sanded.
This has three flights and has newels that were once surmounted by painted wooden statues, known as the 'Ancient Britons'.
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Summary: When 55-year-old Duris Newels, head nurse at Abdulkarim Bakr Medical Center, Jeddah, embraced Islam last week, it was a proud moment for the clinic and its staff.
Built in around 1875, the early Victorian villa still boasts many of its original features, including a timber-studded door with its cast-iron knocker, handle and letterbox, the entrance hall with Portland stone staircase with mahogany handrail and ebony inlay, cast-iron newels and balustrade and Minton tiles.
A 17th century panelled archway leads from the hall to the staircase which has a moulded hand rail and carved newels.
In the early 19th century John Swaby at 109 Wardour Street, John Webb at 8 Old Bond Street and Edward Baldock of Rathbone Place supplied the growing market, resulting in such transplants as the composite 'Jacobogus' Weare Giffard house in Devon, restored by George Matthew Fortescue from 1832, which included such anomalies as a hall staircase with Jacobean bedpost newels. Later dealers, including Lenygon and Co.
As well as the more traditional feel, Bespoke Balustrades offers a range of contemporary designs with slimline newels and handrails incorporating metallic chrome and stainless steel fittings.
The second half of the book moves on to the bullnose step, winders, railings, newels, and outdoor stairs.
Newels are the posts that hold up each end of the handrail.