American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A series or flight of steps; a staircase. Often used in the plural.
- n. One of a flight of steps.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A step; a degree.
- n. One of a series of steps to mount by: as, a flight of stairs.
- n. A flight or succession of flights of steps, arranged one behind and above the other in such a way as to afford passage from a lower to a higher level, or vice versa: as, a winding stair; the back stair: often used in the plural in the same sense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One step of a series for ascending or descending to a different level; -- commonly applied to those within a building.
- n. A series of steps, as for passing from one story of a house to another; -- commonly used in the plural; but originally used in the singular only.
- n. support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
- From Middle English staire, stayre, stayer, steir, steyre, steyer, from Old English stǣġer ("stair, staircase"), from Proto-Germanic *staigriz (“stairs, scaffolding”), from Proto-Indo-European *steygʰ- (“to walk, proceed, march, climb”). Cognate with Dutch steiger ("a stair, step, wharf, pier, scaffolding"), Middle Low German steiger, steir ("scaffolding"). Related to Old English āstǣgan ("to ascend, go up, embark"), Old English stīgan ("to go, move, reach; ascend, mount, go up, spring up, rise; scale"), German Stiege ("a flight of stairs"). More at sty. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English stǣger; see steigh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Do you know why in the Vatican museum the stair is a double helix?”
“The small kitchen was at the top of the main stair case in Bruch House, in the section reserved for amenities like lifts, plumbing, and entrances.”
“Each stair is illuminated by a three beam spotlight and all the wires are intelligently hidden.”
“The spiral stair is very keen but getting my humungous bag up to the loft was a trial, especially as”
“This little stair is enclosed on one side by a balustrade on which the children can rest their hands.”
“In this game of the Big Stair, the eye of the child can easily recognise an error, since if he mistakes, the stair is irregular, that is, there will be a high step, behind which the step which should have ascended, decreases.”
“The little round stair is another game, in which a little wooden stairway, built on the plan of the spiral, is used.”
“They are often called stair chairs because they frequently use a chair that is attached to a set of rails in order to transpo ...”
“Though those designs mostly tend to open by lifting the stair, which is hinged.”
“In his architecture Francois had the help of his house guest, Leonardo da Vinci, who seems responsible for l'escalier d'Honneur, the central stair, which is in a double-helix design.”
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