newel definition

  • noun:
    • A vertical help during the center of a circular staircase.
    • A post that aids a handrail in the bottom or at the landing of a staircase.
    • A central pillar around which a staircase spirals.
    • A sturdy pillar at the very top or bottom of a flight of stairs, giving support to the handrail.
    • A novelty; a brand new thing.
    • A novelty; a unique thing.
    • The upright post about which the actions of a circular staircase wind; thus, in stairs having straight routes, the main post during the foot of a staircase, and/or secondary people within landings. Also referred to as newel-post. See Hollow newel, under hollow.
    • In structure, an upright cylinder or pillar which forms a center that the steps of a winding stair radiate, and supports their particular internal stops from bottom toward top.
    • In carpentry, the high plus or less decorative post within head or foot of a stair, promoting a handrail.
    • In manufacturing, a cylindrical pillar terminating the wing-wall of a bridge.
    • In a ship, an upright wood which receives the tenons of the rails leading from the breastwork of the gangway.
    • a brand new thing; a novelty.
    • the central pillar of a circular staircase
    • the post at the very top or base of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail

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