balteus

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balteus.
1. Strap-like element around the baluster-side, cushion, coussinet, or volute of the Ionic capital: it refers both to the central strap visible at the side of the capital and to those seeming to join the volutes at the ends of the cushion visible on the fronts of the volutes as well.

2. Praecentio, wide step, or landing occurring at every eighth seat in an Antique theatre or amphitheatre, affording a passage for spectators so that those seated would not be disturbed. See illustrations Stair.