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Definition of stair 

1 : a series of steps or flights of steps for passing from one level to another often used in pl. but singular or plural in construction a narrow private stairs— Lewis Mumford

2 : a single step of a stairway

Examples of stair in a Sentence

She ran down the stairs. He waited at the foot of the stairs. She slipped and fell down the stairs. The stairs lead to the roof. We had to climb another flight of stairs to get to the roof. He tripped on the bottom stair and almost fell.
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Once the bottle is ready, back up the stairs to drop it off in our bedroom and then over to Brooks’ room. Corben Bone,, "FC Cincinnati's Corben Bone: As a new father, I appreciate every second.," 15 June 2018 Interior railings will be refurbished and stairs rebuilt in places for easier navigation. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 The study defined failure as scoring less than 65 on the Lysholm scale, which measures a patient’s pain, instability, locking, swelling, limp, stair climbing and squatting. Malika Andrews,, "A career-threatening surgery: The rise and fall of microfracture in the NBA," 6 July 2018 The interior boasts concrete stairs, birch plywood walls, and neutral toned furniture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab modern lake house is powered by the sun," 5 July 2018 So getting up those stairs dressed in that dress was very symbolic. Julie Miller, HWD, "Penélope Cruz Never Wanted Her American Crime Story Experience to End," 19 June 2018 And don’t take for granted that all steps or stairs are created equal. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stepping up your training can boost your heart, lower-body muscles," 11 July 2018 There is no more pleasing sight to a Reds fan than to watch insufferable Cubbies people walk up the stairs and out the door before a game is over. Paul Daugherty,, "TML: The Reds' sweep of the Cubs made for the most satisfying sports weekend in a while," 25 June 2018 The Scene: Johnson flees down a stairwell before retreating back up the stairs and out the window. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Summer 2018's Greatest Movie Stunts and Effects," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of stair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stair

Middle English steir, from Old English stǣger; akin to Old English & Old High German stīgan to rise, Greek steichein to walk

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The first known use of stair was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stair

stairs : a series of steps that go from one level or floor to another

: one of the steps in a set of stairs


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Kids Definition of stair

1 : a series of steps or flights of steps for going from one level to another often used in pl. Children ran down the stairs.

2 : one step of a stairway

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