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a railing with supporting balusters.
Historical Examples

Trembling so violently that he had to lean on the balustrade for support, he told me.
In Kings’ Byways Stanley J. Weyman

I stood up reluctantly, and looked down over the balustrade.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

The Child seems to stand on a sort of balustrade in front of his mother.
Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century Estelle M. Hurll

“No,” said Mary, letting the instrument down, and resting it on the balustrade.
Dr. Sevier George W. Cable

He leaned over the balustrade of stone near a squat vase holding a tropical plant of a bizarre shape.
Within the Tides Joseph Conrad

I leaned against the balustrade all numb, watching them depart.
The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini

She then placed two flower pots near the balustrade on the terrace of the house.
Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard

Almayer shrugged his shoulders and walked back to the balustrade.
An Outcast of the Islands Joseph Conrad

Brooke gave him a cigar, and leaned against the balustrade, when he slowly lighted it.
A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss

He walked the floor absently, sometimes stopping by the balustrade to think.
Almayer’s Folly Joseph Conrad

an ornamental rail or coping with its supporting set of balusters

“row of balusters,” 1640s, from French balustrade (17c.), from Italian balaustrata “provided with balusters,” from balaustro “pillar” (see baluster).


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