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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.


  1. stair

    Stairs are a structure designed to bridge a large vertical distance between lower and higher levels by dividing it into smaller vertical distances. This is achieved as a diagonal series of horizontal platforms called steps which enable passage to the other level by stepping from one to another step in turn. Steps are very typically rectangular. Stairs may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles. Types of stairs include staircases (also called stairways), ladders, and escalators. Some alternatives to stairs are elevators (also called lifts), stairlifts, inclined moving walkways, and ramps. A stairwell is a vertical shaft or opening that contains a staircase. A flight (of stairs) is an inclined part of a staircase consisting of steps (and their lateral supports if supports are separate from steps).


  1. stair

    A stair is a structure consisting of a series of steps, typically connecting different floors or levels, designed to allow easy access between these levels by foot. Each step in the stair consists of a flat platform called the tread and a vertical component called the riser. Stairs can be made from various materials such as wood, metal, or concrete and can be found in both indoor and outdoor settings.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STAIR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stair is ranked #12328 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stair surname appeared 2,522 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Stair.

    91.6% or 2,311 total occurrences were White.
    3.4% or 86 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 66 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for stair »

  1. airts

  2. arist

  3. astir

  4. sitar

  5. stria

  6. tarsi

  7. tiars

  8. trias

  9. tisar

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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. Frabcus M. Faber Jt.:

    Does a 'Stair-way' very much or does it depend upon the number pf steps and risers:

  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. Frank Siller:

    Our foundation couldn't be more honored to be chosen to hold the first stair-climb event at One World Trade Center.

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