What does the word banister mean?

Usage examples for banister

  1. Then, choosing a banister about six feet from the bottom of the stairs he attached one end of the wire tightly to its base and spread the slack in a large loop over two of the stair treads. – The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
  2. I told her about her door opening, and the knocks on the banister, and that I had come up and found her asleep. – Carnacki, The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
  3. I asked, as he staggered against the banister, where he leaned heavily. – Miss McDonald by Mary J. Holmes