stair

noun
\ ˈster How to pronounce stair (audio) \

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 The photographs showed holes in some of the concrete stair treads. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Doris often stood on the bottom stair as if some invisible shield blocked her from the rest of the house. Karen Brown, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2021 Patients waited to be treated on stair steps, in corridors and the hospital’s open veranda. Mark Stevenson And Evens Sanon, chicagotribune.com, 17 Aug. 2021 Patients waited to be treated on stair steps, in corridors and the hospital’s open veranda. Mark Stevenson, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Aug. 2021 Patients waited to be treated on stair steps, in corridors and the hospital's open veranda. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Aug. 2021 Patients waited to be treated on stair steps, in corridors and the hospital’s open veranda. Fox News, 17 Aug. 2021 This mop earned praise for its ability to clean where others couldn’t — like around the toilet and into stair treads — and how neatly it could be stored. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 The switchback stair going to the lower level also functions as the pantry, just seven steps away from the kitchen. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021

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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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“Stair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stair. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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stair

noun

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

stair

noun
\ ˈster How to pronounce stair (audio) \

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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