a back of a chair or the like, usually having semicircular spindles between the top rail and the cross rail or seat.
a baluster. Sometimes, banisters. the balustrade of a staircase. Historical Examples He was coming downstairs with quaking legs; his face was ashen white, and he leaned heavily on the banisters. Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola The girl, under a spell of the Dead Man’s will, came out to […]
banyan (def 2). Also called banyan tree. an East Indian fig tree, Ficus benghalensis, of the mulberry family, having branches that send out adventitious roots to the ground and sometimes cause the tree to spread over a wide area. Also, bania, baniya. a Hindu trader or merchant of a particular caste, the rules of which […]
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a city in N Bosnia and Herzegovina. noun a city in NW Bosnia-Herzegovina, on the Vrbas River: scene of battles between the Austrians and Turks in 1527, 1688, and 1737; besieged by Serb forces (1992–95). Pop: 182 000 (2005 est)
a seaport on the S coast of Borneo, in Indonesia. Historical Examples Crawfurd (Dictionary, p. 72) conjectures that it is some place in banjarmasin. The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXIII, 1519-1522 Antonio Pigafetta noun a port in Indonesia, in SW Borneo. Pop: 527 415 (2000) Former spelling Bandjarmasin, Bandjermasin