Sometimes, banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
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 the banisters.
The Return of Peter Grimm David Belasco
Lindsay closed the door behind him without replying, and half-way down the stairs her voice appealed to him over the banisters.
The Path of a Star Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
It sounds just like—like—oh, like sliding down the banisters.
Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
Maxfield stopped, hesitatingly, with his hand on the banisters at the top of the landing.
A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
Daisy saw her feebly ascend the stairs, clutching the banisters.
A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
I could not wait till he had reached me, but called out over the banisters, ‘Well?
Alas! Rhoda Broughton
His little daughter was standing up there with one hand on the banisters.
Five Tales John Galsworthy
Myra commenced mounting the stairs, but turned on the fifth step and hung over the banisters to smile at him.
The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
Dick and Marjorie hurried down and leaned over the banisters too.
Dick, Marjorie and Fidge G. E. Farrow
the railing and supporting balusters on a staircase; balustrade
1660s, unexplained corruption of baluster. As late as 1830 condemned as “vulgar,” it is now accepted. Surname Bannister is from Old French banastre “basket,” hence, “basket-maker.”
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
a seaport on the S coast of Borneo, in Indonesia. Historical Examples Even at Banjermasin, near the south coast, the north-west wind brings annually a rainfall of 60 in., as against 33 in. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3 Various Horses, introduced by Europeans and owned only by the wealthier classes, are found […]