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Princeton's WordNet

  1. step, stairnoun

    support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway

    "he paused on the bottom step"


  1. stairnoun

    A single step in a staircase.

  2. stairnoun

    A series of steps, a staircase.

  3. Etymology: stæger

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STAIRnoun

    Steps by which we rise an ascent from the lower part of a building to the upper. Stair was anciently used for the whole order of steps; but stair now, if it be used at all, signifies, as in John Milton, only one flight of steps.

    Etymology: stæger , Saxon; steghe, Dutch.

    A good builder to a high tower will not make his stair upright, but winding almost the full compass about, that the steepness be the more insensible. Philip Sidney.

    How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false
    As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
    The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars! William Shakespeare.

    Slaver with lips as common as the stairs
    That mount the Capitol. William Shakespeare.

    I would have one only goodly room above stairs, of some forty foot high. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Sir James Tirrel repairing to the Tower by night, attended by two servants, stood at the stair-foot, and sent these two villains to execute the murder. Francis Bacon.

    There being good stairs at either end, they never went through each other’s quarters. Edward Hyde.

    The stairs were such as whereon Jacob saw
    Angels ascending and descending. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Satan now on the lower stair,
    That scal’d by steps of gold to heav’n gate,
    Looks down with wonder at the sudden view
    Of all this world. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Trembling he springs,
    As terror had increas’d his feet with wings;
    Nor staid for stairs; but down the depth he threw
    His body: on his back the door he drew. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stairnoun

    one step of a series for ascending or descending to a different level; -- commonly applied to those within a building

  2. Stairnoun

    a series of steps, as for passing from one story of a house to another; -- commonly used in the plural; but originally used in the singular only

  3. Etymology: [OE. steir, steyer, AS. stger, from stgan to ascend, rise. 164. See Sty to ascend.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stair

    stār, n. a series of steps for ascending to a higher level: one of such steps: a flight of steps, only in pl.: (Spens.) a degree.—ns. Stair′-car′pet, carpet suitable for stairs; Stair′case, a flight of stairs with balusters, &c.; Stair′-rod, one of a number of metallic rods for holding a stair-carpet in its place.—adv. Down′stairs, in the lower part of a house—opp. to Upstairs.—Back-stairs, adjectively for secret, underhand; Below stairs, in a lower story, in the basement. [A.S. stǽagerstígan, to ascend; Ger. steigen, to climb, Ice. stegi, a step.]

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  1. airts, arist, astir, sitar, stria, tarsi, tiars

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stair in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of stair in a Sentence

  1. Saija Karinkanta:

    If Elizabeth Joy want to improve Elizabeth Joy walking ability, most of the exercises need to be done while walking – standing on one foot, reaching, shifting weight from one foot to the other, squatting, tandem walking, stair walking, walking on different surfaces and stepping, in addition, if you want to improve your reaction time, the exercises need to challenge your reactions.

  2. Guy Reffitt:

    I just want to see Pelosi's head hit every f ** king stair on the way out. ... And( Republican leader) Mitch McConnell too.

  3. Colleague Miro Voellmy:

    Tracks are excellent for this use case because they have a very large footprint, which makes it near impossible to tilt, and they are also very smooth so it doesn't feel like you're driving up stairs, so it just feels like you're driving up a ramp because they're so flat and they adapt to the stair profile. So it doesn't matter if the stair is wooden or metal or glass, the tracks they grip and there's no danger of slipping.

  4. Phyllis McGinley:

    Sisters are always drying their hair. Locked into rooms, alone, they pose at the mirror, shoulders bare, trying this way and that their hair, or fly importunate down the stair to answer the telephone.

  5. George Mac Donald:

    He took his key. It turned in the lock to the sounds of Aeolian music. A door opened upon slow hinges, and disclosed a winding stair within. The key vanished from his fingers. Tangle went up. Mossy followed. The door closed behind them. They climbed out of the earth; and, still climbing, rose above it. They were in the rainbow. Far abroad, over ocean and land, they could see through ours transparent walls the earth beneath their get. Stairs beside stairs wound up together, and beautiful beings of all ages climbed along with them. They knew that they were going up to the country whence the shadows fall And by this time I think they must have got there.

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