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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.]
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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
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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.
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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 ?
The stairs were cut in the rock inside the mountain, and they were broad and not very steep, because they circled around like a cork-screw, and at the arched opening where the flight began the circle was quite big.
Through the narrow opening, a creaking of the broad wooden stairs of the old house became audible.
"PollyANNA!" ejaculated her aunt, turning sharply about as she reached the head of the stairs. "I'm surprised at you--making a speech like that to me!"
Gang ye in there, and up the stairs, and bring me down the chest that's at the top.
In five minutes or so it was ready--and Miss Karnegie was dispatched by her mother (who had other business on hand at the time) to take it up stairs.
Here Jones, having ordered a servant to show a room above stairs, was ascending, when the dishevelled fair, hastily following, was laid hold on by the master of the house, who cried, "Heyday, where is that beggar wench going?
He climbed the narrow stairs which led to his bedroom.
"We will be down as soon as we can," said Jane; "but I dare say Kitty is forwarder than either of us, for she went up stairs half an hour ago."
Not less than mine became her desire that I should have my way - but, ah, the iron seats in that park of horrible repute, and that bare room at the top of many flights of stairs! While I was away at college she drained all available libraries for books about those who go to London to live by the pen, and they all told the same shuddering tale.
At last it came--a soft, irregular sound of footfalls on the stairs! They were slow, hesitant, uncertain, as of something that did not see its way; to my disordered reason all the more terrifying for that, as the approach of some blind and mindless malevolence to which is no appeal.
The report from the revolver made a deafening noise; but the man continued his flight down the stairs. I ran behind him, shouting: "Stop!--stop!
"Come," he said, as he ascended the stairs leading to his wife's room, "nothing is changed here." He then closed the door of the landing.