What does the word bannister mean?

Usage examples for bannister

  1. I heard her sharp command to mount them instantly, and I began to grope my way up, hanging by the bannister. – Explorers of the Dawn by Mazo de la Roche
  2. Dr. Bannister entered the Oneida Conference in 1842, and for two years served as Professor of Languages in the Oneida Conference Seminary. – Thirty Years in the Itinerancy by Wesson Gage Miller