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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Baluster  \Bal"us*ter\,  n.  [F.  balustre  It  balaustro  fr  L. 
  balaustium  the  flower  of  the  wild  pomegranate,  fr  Gr 
  balay`stion;  --  so  named  from  the  similarity  of  form.] 
  (Arch.) 
  A  small  column  or  pilaster,  used  as  a  support  to  the  rail  of 
  an  open  parapet,  to  guard  the  side  of  a  staircase,  or  the 
  front  of  a  gallery.  See  {Balustrade}.  [Corrupted  into 
  {banister}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  baluster 
  n  :  one  of  a  number  of  closely  spaced  supports  for  a  railing 




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