from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure or device, such as an outside stairway attached to a building, erected for emergency exit in the event of fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of the series of emergency doors, ladders, or stairs used to evacuate a building if a fire breaks out.
  • n. the entire escape route viewed as a whole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a contrivance for facilitating escape from burning buildings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any apparatus or structure designed to enable persons to escape from the upper windows of a building in case of fire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency


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