from The Century Dictionary.

  • Steps or stairs leading up to an altar.


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  • "In Memoriam," read aright, leads one upward "upon the great world's altar-stairs that slope through darkness up to God".

    Morality as a Religion An exposition of some first principles

  • He lived and moved and had his being in the sanctuary of the hills, the high altar-stairs of the mountains, the sublime silences of the stately pines — where birds sung their matins and the “stars became tapers tall”; where the zitkada_n_to — the blue bird — uttered its ravishing notes.

    The Vanishing Race

  • He made for the Canaanitish city of Luz, the Beth-el of later days, where he had seen the great altar-stairs sloping upward to heaven.

    Patriarchal Palestine


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