American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of banister.
- n. The handrail on the side of a staircase.
- n. One of the vertical supports of a handrail; a baluster.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. same as banister.
- n. English runner who in 1954 became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes (born in 1929)
- n. a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
“I think they pushed someone down the stairs and are watching from the bannister.”
“If bannister was dangerously loose, obviously Smith would have a duty to warn Jobe aboutit.”
“As her hand hit the bannister, a second, more urgent plan voiced itself.”
“She went up the stairs, holding on to the bannister for direction.”
“That was about 6 years ago and to this day nobody will admit that it was them chewing blue gum and then leaving it stuck to the stair bannister where Mom leans while putting on her shoes.”
“At another property, only a singed wooden bannister was left standing.”
“Among other absurdities, the ship has a $60,000 bannister, a master bedroom that opens only to a fingerprint and a secret room designated specifically for "nookie," which any owner of a ship like this surely has no shortage of.”
““Fell…?” said Vera, coming slowly down the stairs, holding onto the bannister.”
“I whirled to see Sylvia tripping awkwardly down the stairs, babbling to herself as she tried to hold onto the bannister and the prisms at the same time.”
“He woke the following morning, shattered at this further plummet in his life, tied a noose around his neck, the other end round the bannister, sat on the top stair, and waited for the inevitable.”
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