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.
Recent Examples of stair from the Web
The surface is extremely well built and cared for, with innumerable stairs and boardwalks built into the marshy surfaces and rough-hewn logs that were cut in half and put down as bridges.
There was an immediate uproar when video of a black woman being pushed down the stairs by her white AirBnb host in Amsterdam started to make its rounds earlier this week.
Officials responsible for the Hubbard Woods Metra station said this week that safety repairs to the Winnetka station's platforms and stairs to the east platform are set to get underway this week.
Extra signage is required to notify the public that the deck, view elevators and stairs, is open to them.
In August 2016, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General found infestation, damaged doors and stairs, mold and mildew buildup and health and safety threats related to electrical hazards.
Arterburn and Goepper had installed ramps so their 15-year old dog wouldn't have to struggle up stairs.
The staircase and stone chimney match perfectly to the marks on the walls where the original stairs and chimney stood.
Buy Photo On their way back to their recovery houses, with methadone from the clinic still dulling their cravings, Angie and Ryan descend the stairs at the Somerset El station.
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Origin and Etymology of stair
Middle English steir, from Old English stǣger; akin to Old English & Old High German stīgan to rise, Greek steichein to walk
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
STAIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stair for English Language Learners
stairs : a series of steps that go from one level or floor to another
: one of the steps in a set of stairs
STAIR Defined for Kids
Definition of stair for Students
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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