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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 plural 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Vast ceilings, marble stairs, artwork covering the walls. NBC News, "New Jeffrey Epstein accuser: He raped me when I was 15," 10 July 2019 At the bottom of the stairs, archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Pearce Paul Creasman is standing chest-deep in the muddy water. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs," 2 July 2019 The home has two bedrooms—a master bedroom with a skylight reached via stairs, and another loft bedroom above the nook that can sleep two children. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tiny house channels the glamour of the theater," 4 Sep. 2018 Head up the stairs, pick a vacant room and take a seat. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 The company has also posted somewhat awe-inspiring videos of its Atlas robot recently traversing logs and stairs, as well as doing backflips off a step. Jaclyn Reiss,, "This parody video imagines Boston Dynamics robots fighting back," 17 June 2019 The activists, dressed in matching red T-shirts, crowded onto stairs, jammed hallways and blocked the entrances to the governor’s office and legislative chambers. New York Times, "Rent Laws: Dozens Arrested at State Capitol as Debate Escalates," 4 June 2019 After getting his mother’s blessing, Adams lept into action, helping the woman get to the other side of the road and up a few stairs, holding her arm and assisting her patiently each step of the way., "This 8-Year-Old Boy Could Teach Us All A Little Something About Compassion," 1 June 2018 The neighbors also secured permission from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to close the stairs for repairs. Heather Knight,, "SF property owners maintain streets that city rejects because they don’t meet standards," 14 June 2019

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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

: 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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