from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vertical support at the center of a circular staircase.
- n. A post that supports a handrail at the bottom or at the landing of a staircase.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A central pillar around which a staircase spirals.
- n. A sturdy pillar at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs, supporting the handrail.
- n. A novelty; a new thing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A novelty; a new thing.
- n. The upright post about which the steps of a circular staircase wind; hence, in stairs having straight flights, the principal post at the foot of a staircase, or the secondary ones at the landings. Also called newel post. See Hollow newel, under hollow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, an upright cylinder or pillar which forms a center from which the steps of a winding stair radiate, and supports their inner ends from the bottom to the top.
- n. In carpentry, the tall and more or less ornamental post at the head or foot of a stair, supporting a handrail.
- n. In engineering, a cylindrical pillar terminating the wing-wall of a bridge.
- n. In a ship, an upright timber which receives the tenons of the rails leading from the breastwork of the gangway.
- n. A new thing; a novelty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the central pillar of a circular staircase
- n. the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail
By means of the newel-post I drew myself upright and listened.
I missed a frantic clutch at the newel-post, flung up my arm in time to save my face, and, most fortunately, whirled half about, and, still falling, impacted with my shoulder muscle-pad on Captain West's door.
Taking advantage of favouring spells, I managed to effect my exit and gain the newel-post ere the next series of rolls came.
A bar in the lobby is made from balusters, newel posts and door transoms from the original tenement staircase.
She raced past the library, nearly stumbling as she grabbed hold of the newel post at the base of another flight of stairs.
He reached the stairs and put his hand on the oak newel and took one step after another.
We live in a time when a Jewish person's Facebook profile identifies her religion as "Recon-newel-ortho-conserva-form."
An antique newel with a carving of a mother and child adorns the staircase leading up to the library.
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She did not notice the shadow of the stranger as he came slowly down the stairs and paused by the newel post, dark and silent.