noun half·pace \pronunciation at half +ˌpās\

Definition of halfpace

  1. 1 :  a raised floor or dais or a platform or footpace at the top of steps (as for a throne or an altar)

  2. 2 :  a landing of a staircase like a broad step between two half flights — compare quarterpace

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Origin and Etymology of halfpace

by folk etymology from Middle French haut pas, literally, high step

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