from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A structure or device, such as an outside stairway attached to a building, erected for emergency exit in the event of fire.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Any apparatus or structure designed to enable persons to escape from the upper windows of a building in case of fire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun any of the series of
emergencydoors, ladders, or stairsused to evacuatea building if a firebreaks out.
- noun the entire
escape routeviewed as a whole.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency
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