Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rod or a strip of thin metal, sometimes folded and corrugated to give it stiffness, used to hold a stair-carpet in place.

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

  • n. a rod that holds a stair-carpet in the angle between two steps

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Examples

  • The rain was tipping it down stair-rod style and here was the best bit, as we left we were each escorted to our cars by the porter holding an enormous umbrella, not a drop touched me.

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  • The old man raked the fire together with an old stair-rod, and having trimmed his smoky lamp (for it was night), with the stem of his pipe, put it in his mouth again.

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  • Up I went with a glance at every step for the table which now hid the brute's form from me, and never a creak did I wake out of that staircase till I was almost at the first landing, when my toe caught a loose stair-rod, and rattled it in a way that stopped my heart for a moment, and then set it going in double-quick time.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896

  • No one had ever known the pure pleasure it had given him when Raymond Green, his wife's novelist protege, had tripped over a loose stair-rod one morning and fallen an entire flight.

    Piccadilly Jim

  • I declare that for a few seconds after I rattled the stair-rod you might have cut the silence with a knife.

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  • I went, with a glance at every step for the table which now hid the brute's form from me, and never a creak did I wake out of that staircase till I was almost at the first landing, when my toe caught a loose stair-rod, and rattled it in a way that stopped my heart for a moment, and then set it going in double-quick time.

    I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales

  • Half-way up the servant girl was stooping over a stair-rod, pretending to clean it.

    Hetty Wesley

  • 'Why, as far as I can make out, there was a stair-rod missing, and she never mentioned it, and the poor archdeacon set his foot quite on the edge of the step -- you know how slippery that oak is -- and it seems he must have fallen almost the whole flight and broken his neck.

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  • I need only add that the careless maid-servant was dismissed forthwith, but that the missing stair-rod was very shortly afterwards found _under_ the stair-carpet -- an additional proof, if any were needed, of extreme stupidity and carelessness on her part.

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  • The old man raked the fire together with an old stair-rod, and having trimmed his smoky lamp (for it was night), with the stem of his pipe, put it into his mouth again.

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