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spiral staircase


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  • n. A staircase in the form of a helix.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The sheets were in disorder, the pillow askew, and on the floor, on the beige-coloured jute carpet, halfway between the bed and the spiral staircase leading to the first floor, was the body of the electric-train enthusiast, dressed in pyjamas, and lying face down.

    Maigret has Scruples

  • A spiral staircase of rusting ironwork led from her tower rooms to the second floor of the keep, where the regal apartments, presence chamber, and cavernous throne room were situated.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • Queen Aziza stopped at a spiral staircase and gave them a smile.

    Surrender the Dark

  • In front of a camera in the room with the spiral staircase at Loew’s Nashville, he rolled through the 12,000 words Eli Attie and I had cobbled together.

    No Excuses

  • "Got to get upstairs-bit tired," he said, and the two of them started pushing their way toward the door on the other side of the room, which led to a spiral staircase and the dormitories.

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • But they had so arranged it that they could talk together on a spiral staircase which led down from one floor to the other; and had so laid their plans, that when the door-keepers saw the Queen coming to the apartments of her son, the King, they would rap on the doors with their rods; and the King would come running into his rooms, so that his mother might not catch him; and the ushers of Queen Margaret's apartments did the same when Queen Blanche was on her way thither, so that she might find Queen Margaret in them.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • She didn’t say another word as she followed the older woman up the spiral staircase and kept her gaze on Queen Aziza’s bare feet.

    Surrender the Dark

  • Abandoning Wyngate Castle to the enemy, he scurried down a long spiral staircase to the garage below.


  • The opposite-turning spiral staircase between the floors entertained them, they were so used to the normal kind.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles


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  • What a fine, fine verb, is maraud.

    August 29, 2008

  • *brightens* Oh! Well, off I go!


    August 28, 2008

  • You are perfectly equipped to be a marauder then!

    August 28, 2008

  • Well, this explains everything. I'm left-handed, you see.

    August 28, 2008

  • Descending, reesetee, descending. The ascending pillagers are meant to be hampered by the clockwise orientation, while you, the worthy householder, are permitted to descend with sword a-flashing and a-slashing.

    c_b: consider it moved, with more shocking revelations from the frindley past…

    August 28, 2008

  • I wonder if special left-handed shock troops were ever trained for the purpose of fighting up spiral staircases?

    August 27, 2008

  • And don't think we're not grateful for the ability to keep one's sword arm free while ascending a spiral staircase, frindley. ;-)

    August 27, 2008

  • Fencing! Dude! I used to fence in college (don't anymore) but my S.O. and friends started (practically) a local fencing club. Do you still fence? Do you have any fencing lists? (Like, ones I can pillage?) :)

    *wonders if she should move this over to fencing*

    August 27, 2008

  • It's interesting that to this day nearly all spiral staircases are still built to ascend in a clockwise manner, thus allowing modern men and women to keep their sword arms free.

    I find this appealing even though my prowess in fencing is strictly limited to the balestra, a move of which I'm especially fond.

    August 27, 2008

  • In castle architecture, "a compact staircase often built into the walls of castles. Usually designed so that attackers climbing a clockwise staircase would find it hard to fight with their right hand, whilst descending defenders would have their right (sword) arm free." Other names are corkscrew stairs and turnpike.

    August 27, 2008