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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 constructiona 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 The fifth bedroom is located in the guest suite that is accessible through the kitchen through a private stair. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "River Oaks home offers Southern colonial style, modern flair," 19 Sep. 2020 World Health Organization data shows Mexico's rate of new COVID-19 cases stair-stepping up and down over the past six weeks. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "State Department drops 'Do not travel' warning for Mexico as border closure is set to expire," 12 Sep. 2020 The memorial stair climbs aren’t timed, but each firefighter makes sure to wear their full gear. Pat Stoetzer,, "Carroll County firefighters pay tribute to 9/11 victims with stair climbing event in Westminster," 11 Sep. 2020 Will running on an elevating treadmill or using a stair climber put your head in the path of a ceiling fan? Jamie Gold, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can home design help you be healthier? San Diegan’s new book lays out how, room by room," 5 Sep. 2020 The ones that generally come to people's minds first are the treadmill, elliptical and stair climber. Dana Santas, CNN, "Get moving faster with cardio: How to reboot your workout routine," 10 Aug. 2020 Photos from February filed in the court record show the kitchen and bathrooms had been gutted, and an ornate stair rail, flooring and patio decking ripped out and gone. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Federal agent’s job was to monitor dirty cash. Thousands wound up in his pocket," 5 Aug. 2020 Just add in some stair climbing or short walks throughout the day. Redbook, "23 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Increase Metabolism," 26 July 2017 This particular stair set is also highly rated among Chewy reviewers—more than 1,100 reviewers give it a solid 4.5 stars. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, "15 things that can make life easier for elderly dogs," 29 July 2020

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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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4 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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