from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Noting a flight of stairs, consisting of two or more straight portions connected by a platform (landing) or platforms, and running in opposite directions without an intervening wellhole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In architecture, a term applied to stairs which have no well-hole, the rail and balusters of the upper and under flights falling in the same vertical plane.


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  • It was only about a ten minute walk away from the video shop down narrow, unevenly paved laneways and dog-legged streets.

    The Legacy

  • Clearly these were railroad flats with front-to-back corridors that dog-legged halfway along their lengths to accommodate the entrances.

    The Hard Way

  • It dog-legged, or dog stumped might be closer, cut off shortly after the point where it turned.

    Be My Enemy

  • There was no reason to be cruising past the leafy baronial estates, since most of the streets dog-legged and dead-ended into the Huntington Gardens.

    Sugar Skull

  • No one was visible in the dripping passage, which dog-legged after a few dozen meters, cutting off the line of sight.

    Perseus Spur

  • The screeding frames for tiles (6 and 8 mm thick) are shaped to provide an "interlock" at the mitre - the diagonal mitre has been replaced by a dog-legged mitre.

    Chapter 10

  • The track snaked over a rise and then dog-legged down the far slope.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • When the path dog-legged and changed direction, the mules could not make the turn in one attempt.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • Every so often as I passed a narrow turning I'd glimpse something at the far end; then I'd turn down the next one and find it dog-legged around and away in the wrong direction.

    Chase the Morning

  • Estrella glided on towards the entrance, preparatory to making the dog-legged turn out to sea; Gomez was handling her beautifully under her very easy sail.

    Hornblower In The West Indies


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