Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A narrow staircase, or step-ladder, surmounted by a trap-door.

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Examples

  • He himself inhabited one of these; another, a species of public-house, was open to his confederates, who held secret and unsuspected communication with him by crossing the roofs of the intervening houses, and descending by a trap-stair, which admitted them into the alcove of the dining-room of

    Redgauntlet

  • Now, you come upon a strong door with a wicket: on the other side are the cells of the police office and the trap-stair that gives admittance to the dock in the Justiciary Court.

    Edinburgh Picturesque Notes

  • Waitidal was situated on a flat space of some extent on the summit of a bluff which stood a good way back from shore, we had, in order to reach the gateway, to ascend the perpendicular face of the cliff by a steep wooden trap-stair, which I observed was of dark redwood, its sides elaborately sculptured with alligators and lizards, and surmounted by a carved head on each side.

    Insulinde: Experiences of a Naturalist's Wife in the Eastern Archipelago

  • Now, you come upon a strong door with a wicket: on the other side are the cells of the police office and the trap-stair that gives admittance to the dock in the

    Edinburgh Picturesque Notes

  • Julian next descended the trap-stair, and essayed a door at the bottom of the steps.

    Peveril of the Peak

  • He himself inhabited one of these; another, a species of public-house, was open to his confederates, who held secret and unsuspected communication with him by crossing the roofs of the intervening houses, and descending by a trap-stair, which admitted them into the alcove of the dining-room of Dick Mendham's private mansion.

    Redgauntlet

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