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  3  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banister  \Ban"is*ter\,  n.  [Formerly  also  banjore  and  banjer; 
  corrupted  from  bandore,  through  negro  slave  pronunciation.] 
  A  stringed  musical  instrument  having  a  head  and  neck  like  the 
  guitar,  and  its  body  like  a  tambourine.  It  has  five  strings, 
  and  is  played  with  the  fingers  and  hands. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  banister 
  n  :  at  side  of  staircase  or  balcony  to  prevent  people  from 
  falling  [syn:  {bannister},  {balustrade},  {balusters},  {handrail}] 




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