Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, same as foot-pace, 3.
- n. A landing in a stair which separates two flights of stairs. It differs from quarter-pace in that it crosses the ends of both flights, so that the direction of the stairs is completely changed.
- n. archaic, architecture A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A platform of staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight. See quarterpace.
- half + pace (Wiktionary)
“When they were assembled, the cardinal, standing upon the uppermost step, or halfpace, before the quire, and all the nobles, prelates, and governors of the city at the foot of the stairs, made a speech to them; letting them know that they were assembled in that consecrated place to sing unto God a new song.”
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