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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 ?
The woman turned and led them up the narrow stairway that ended at the door of her quarters.
Miss Polly turned and walked down the hall toward the attic stairway door.
The girl was given but brief opportunity for further observation of the pitiful creatures in the enclosure as her captor, after having directed the others to return to the fields, led her toward the tower, which they entered, passing into an apartment about ten feet wide and twenty long, in one end of which was a stairway leading to an upper level and in the other an opening to a similar stairway leading downward.
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, only a few hours before, climbed the precipitous stairway; but it was impossible, and he knew it, to descend the stairway.
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.
His soul palpitating with love of art, he painted the models who hung about the stairway of Bernini in the Piazza de Spagna, undaunted by their obvious picturesqueness; and his studio was full of canvases on which were portrayed moustachioed, large-eyed peasants in peaked hats, urchins in becoming rags, and women in bright petticoats.
It was a small room on the ground floor, with a tiny window under the stairway.
But on the third floor, to which one ascended by a fine stone stairway, broad and easy, with elaborate iron railings, there was a more simple set of rooms, comfortably furnished, where the American family were pleasantly provided for, in a home of their own.
Indeed, the man who had come up the stairway to summon him had hurried away without hearing the refusal.
Injun Joe put his hand on his knife, halted a moment, undecided, and then turned toward the stairway.
Up two flights of the carpeted stairway he continued; and at its top paused.