Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight. See quarterpace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, same as foot-pace, 3.
  • n. A landing in a stair which separates two flights of stairs. It differs from quarter-pace in that it crosses the ends of both flights, so that the direction of the stairs is completely changed.

Etymologies

half +‎ pace (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When they were assembled, the cardinal, standing upon the uppermost step, or halfpace, before the quire, and all the nobles, prelates, and governors of the city at the foot of the stairs, made a speech to them; letting them know that they were assembled in that consecrated place to sing unto God a new song.

    The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic — Volume 2

Comments

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

  • A small landing on a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the other flight.

    March 14, 2007