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stair·way

 (stâr′wā′)
n.

stairway

(ˈstɛəˌweɪ)
n
(Architecture) a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps

stair•way

(ˈstɛərˌweɪ)

n.
a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.
[1790–1800]

stairway

  • half-pace - A broad step or small landing between two half flights in a staircase.
  • companionway - A stairway or ladder from a deck to the cabin below.
  • staircase - A stairway does not necessarily have a handrail or balustrade—but a staircase does.
  • newel - The main post at the bottom of a banister or stairway.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stairway - a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
backstairs - a second staircase at the rear of a building
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
companionway - a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship
moving staircase, moving stairway, escalator - a stairway whose steps move continuously on a circulating belt
emergency exit, fire escape - a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency
flight of stairs, flight of steps, flight - a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
ghat - stairway in India leading down to a landing on the water
landing - an intermediate platform in a staircase
stairhead - platform at the top of a staircase
stairs, steps - a flight of stairs or a flight of steps
stair, step - support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the bottom step"
way - any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another; "he said he was looking for the way out"
ramp - a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft
Translations
مَطْلَع الدَّرَج، سلالِم المَبْنى
schodiště
stepeništestubište
stigi
schodišteschody

stair

(steə) noun
(any one of) a number of steps, usually inside a building, going from one floor to another. He fell down the stairs.
ˈstaircase, ˈstairway nouns
a series or flight of stairs. A dark and narrow staircase led up to the top floor.
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, the man who had come up the stairway to summon him had hurried away without hearing the refusal.
It was dug out under the wing of the house, was plastered and cemented, with a stairway and an outside door by which the men came and went.
He had followed her into the hall and to the foot of the stairway, looking up at her as she mounted with her face half turned to him.
They crossed the railroad tracks, and then on each side of the street were the pens full of cattle; they would have stopped to look, but Jokubas hurried them on, to where there was a stairway and a raised gallery, from which everything could be seen.
and Cassy flitted up the winding stairway, laughing, and looking back after him.
Then he skipped out, and saw Sid just starting up the outside stairway that led to the back rooms on the second floor.
By his influence a small table was placed in the Department of Education, in a narrow space between a stairway and a wall, and on this table was deposited the first of the telephones.
On a Wednesday morning, early, toward the middle of spring, in the year 16,--such was his mode of reckoning,--at the moment when the chevalier was putting on his old green-flowered damask dressing-gown, he heard, despite the cotton in his ears, the light step of a young girl who was running up the stairway.
There was no stairway, but a gentle incline to the first floor of the building opened into an enormous chamber encircled by galleries.
At last, however, I found one door at the top of the stairway which, though it seemed locked, gave a little under pressure.
Fogg thought he even heard the crack of revolvers mingling in the din, the rout approached the stairway, and flowed over the lower step.
Two soldiers were accordingly sent for, and the inspector descended a stairway, so foul, so humid, so dark, as to be loathsome to sight, smell, and respiration.