from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure or device, such as an outside stairway attached to a building, erected for emergency exit in the event of fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of the series of emergency doors, ladders, or stairs used to evacuate a building if a fire breaks out.
  • n. the entire escape route viewed as a whole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a contrivance for facilitating escape from burning buildings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any apparatus or structure designed to enable persons to escape from the upper windows of a building in case of fire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency


Sorry, no etymologies found.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.