Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a stair or some aspect of one.

Etymologies

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stair +‎ -like

Examples

  • Through the uneven lighting dotting the stairlike catwalks, Serri could discern a form moving on a platform about two levels above.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • From the turn in the road, in front of the house, a footpath leads down the bank of the river to the cliff, and, climbing stairlike up the face of the steep bluff, zigzags down the easier slope of the down-river side, to come again into the road below.

    The Re-Creation of Brian Kent

  • Curiously, Brian watched the deformed mountain girl as she made her way up the narrow, stairlike path, and her cutting words came back to him:

    The Re-Creation of Brian Kent

  • And that the Egyptians were a nation of mast-head standers, is an assertion based upon the general belief among archaeologists, that the first pyramids were founded for astronomical purposes: a theory singularly supported by the peculiar stairlike formation of all four sides of those edifices; whereby, with prodigious long upliftings of their legs, those old astronomers were wont to mount to the apex, and sing out for new stars; even as the look-outs of a modern ship sing out for a sail, or a whale just bearing in sight.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • a theory singularly supported by the peculiar stairlike formation of all four sides of those edifices; whereby, with prodigious long upliftings of their legs, those old astronomers were wont to mount to the apex, and sing out for new stars; even as the look-outs of a modern ship sing out for a sail, or a whale just bearing in sight.

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

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