stairhead


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stairhead

(ˈstɛəˌhɛd)
n
(Architecture) the top of a flight of stairs
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stair•head

(ˈstɛərˌhɛd)

n.
the top of a staircase.
[1525–35]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stairhead - platform at the top of a staircase
platform - a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform"
staircase, stairway - a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
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References in classic literature ?
Then I heard him talking to himself and muttering, and every time the bell rang out he came on the stairhead, with 'What is that, Mrs.
When tired of this occupation, I would retire from the stairhead to the solitary and silent nursery: there, though somewhat sad, I was not miserable.
We stand here scrived on the silence Under the hissing stairhead gas.
Perhaps coincidentally, two essays undertake brief glosses on the famous sentence with which Ulysses opens: "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and razor lay crossed." In her essay on "beginnings" (which is really about style), Scarlett Baron devotes three pages to considerations of the word "stately" (whether adjective or adverb?), and the crossed mirror and razor (representing which opposition?).