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1. often stairs A series or flight of steps; a staircase.
2. One of a flight of steps.

[Middle English, from Old English stǣger; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
1. (Architecture) a flight of steps leading from one storey or level to another, esp indoors
2. below stairs Brit in the servants' quarters; in domestic service


1. 'step'

A step is a raised flat surface which you put your feet on to move to a different level.

Mind the step.
She was sitting on the top step.

A series of steps, for example on a steep slope or on the outside of a building, is called a flight of steps.

...a flight of concrete steps.
We walked in silence up a flight of stairs.
2. 'stairs'

A series of steps inside a building which you use to get from one floor to another is called stairs or a staircase.

I was running up and down the stairs.
There was a large hall with a big staircase winding up from it.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stairs - a flight of stairs or a flight of steps
ladder - steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down
staircase, stairway - a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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References in classic literature ?
When the music stopped, they sat down on the stairs to get their breath, and Laurie was in the midst of an account of a students' festival at Heidelberg when Meg appeared in search of her sister.
Tom Willard went briskly along the hallway and down a flight of stairs to the office.
I picked up my shoes and stockings and followed her through the living-room and down a flight of stairs into a basement.
Be careful; the stairs and landings are dark; don't stumble.
He said that after the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on.
Forth she steps into the dusky, time-darkened passage; a tall figure, clad in black silk, with a long and shrunken waist, feeling her way towards the stairs like a near-sighted person, as in truth she is.
He had by this time reached his dwelling on the edge of the burial ground, and, hastening up the stairs, took refuge in his study.
He had put them in possession of Bly, which was healthy and secure, and had placed at the head of their little establishment-- but below stairs only--an excellent woman, Mrs.
I considered the matter a moment, and then up stairs we went, and I was ushered into a small room, cold as a clam, and furnished, sure enough, with a prodigious bed, almost big enough indeed for any four harpooneers to sleep abreast.
Let the house reveal its own secrets; and, one by one, as they descend the stairs from their beds, let the sleepers disclose themselves.
As we went up, doors of rooms were opened and people's heads put out; and we passed other people on the stairs, who were coming down.
Never mind the season; don't you think it might be a good thing if you began at once to keep a boat at the Temple stairs, and were in the habit of rowing up and down the river?