Stair Stair (st[^a]r), n. [OE. steir, steyer, AS. st[=ae]ger, from st[imac]gan to ascend, rise. [root]164. See {Sty} to ascend.] 1. One step of a series for ascending or descending to a different level; -- commonly applied to those within a building. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. ``I a winding stair found.'' --Chaucer's Dream. [1913 Webster]

{Below stairs}, in the basement or lower part of a house, where the servants are.

{Flight of stairs}, the stairs which make the whole ascent of a story.

{Pair of stairs}, a set or flight of stairs. -- pair, in this phrase, having its old meaning of a set. See {Pair}, n., 1.

{Run of stairs} (Arch.), a single set of stairs, or section of a stairway, from one platform to the next.

{Stair rod}, a rod, usually of metal, for holding a stair carpet to its place.

{Up stairs}. See {Upstairs} in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

, / (of a flight of stairs)

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  • stair — W3S2 [steə US ster] n ↑banister, ↑stair, ↑step [: Old English; Origin: stAger] 1.) stairs [plural] a set of steps built for going from one level of a building to another →↑upstairs, downstairs ↑downstairs up/down the stairs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stair — [ ster ] noun *** 1. ) stairs plural a set of steps that allow you to go from one level of a building to another: They heard footsteps on the stairs. up/down the stairs: John raced down the stairs to answer the door. the top/head of the stairs:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stair — (n.) O.E. stæger flight of steps, also a single step, from P.Gmc. *staigri (Cf. O.N., O.Fris. stiga, M.Du. stighen, O.H.G. stigan, Ger. steigen, Goth. steigan to go up, ascend; O.E. stigan to climb, go; Ger. Steig path, O …   Etymology dictionary

  • stair — stair; back·stair; …   English syllables

  • Stair — (spr. Stähr), 1) James Dalrymple, Viscount von S., aus der alten Familie Dalrymple stammend, geb. 1619, wurde. unter Cromwell 1657 Richter beim schottischen Court of Session, erklärte sich nach Cromwells Tode für die Restauration Karls II., wurde …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Stair — (spr. ßtǟr), 1) John Dalrymple, erster Graf von, brit. Staatsmann, geb. 1648, gest. 18. Jan. 1707, schloß sich wie sein als Jurist berühmter, 1690 zum Viscount S. erhobener Vater James Dalrymple (gest. 1695) Wilhelm III. von Oranien an, wurde… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Stair — (spr. stähr), schott. Viscount und Grafentitel in der Familie Dalrymple. – Sir John Dalrymple, 2. Viscount und 1. Graf von S., geb. 1648, 1672 Anwalt, 1691 Staatssekretär und bald darauf Geheimsiegelbewahrer in Schottland, 1703 Graf, förderte die …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Stair — (Stähr), James Dalrymple, Viscount of, geb. 1619, engl. Staatsmann unter Karl II., flüchtete 1681, in die Verschwörung gegen die Stuarts verwickelt, nach Holland, kehrte 1688 mit Wilhelm von Oranien zurück, wurde Viscount, st. 1695; war auch… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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