balustrad-, balust-, balaust- +
(Greek balaustion > Latin balaustium: supporting post of a railing on a balcony, staircase, etc. Borrowed from Italian balaustro, from balaustra; so called because of the resemblance of a baluster to the double-curving calyx tube of the "wild pomegranate flower".)
2. An upright support, such as a furniture leg, having a similar shape of the vase-shaped support.
3. One of the supporting posts of a handrail. 3. A row of balusters,joined by a rail, serving as a fence or enclosure, for altars, balconies, stair-cases, terraces. tops of buildings, etc.
Balusters may be formed in several ways; for example, wood and stone can be shaped with the lathe, while concrete, plaster, iron, and plastics are usually formed with moldings and castings. The turned patterns, or old "shaped" examples, are used to make the molds.
A baluster shaft may describe the turned form taken by a brass or silver candlestick, an upright furniture support, or the stem of a brass chandelier, etc.
2. A rail, usually about three feet high, supported by a series of posts (balusters), generally as along the outside edge of a stairway or gallery.
A gallery sometimes refers to a hallway or a covered walkway which has a wall on one side and windows, columns, or a balustrade on the other side.3. An entire railing system (as along the edge of a balcony) including a top rail and its balusters, and sometimes a bottom rail.
4. A kind of low wall that is placed at the sides of staircases, bridges, etc., and that is made of a row of short posts topped by a long rail along the top.