stair·​case | \ ˈster-ˌkās \

Definition of staircase

1 : the structure containing a stairway
2 : a flight of stairs with the supporting framework, casing, and balusters

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View this post on Instagram the drama A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Dec 22, 2018 at 10:29am PST The first pic was taken inside, on a luxurious white staircase. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Channels Sexy Swan Vibes in Her 2018 Holiday Dress," 23 Dec. 2018 And that not only includes a 5-floor staircase with a gigantic pearl necklace-lookalike sculpture cascading down the center from artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, but also a two-room VIP suite, as well as couches and rugs made of their signature tweed. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel's New Flagship Store Will Sell Limited-Edition Bags, Fragrances, and Watches," 15 Nov. 2018 Japanese physicists figured out how to coax a nanoscale bead up a spiral staircase in a 2010 paper in Nature, based on the concept of Szilard's engine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Penn State scientists build quantum version of Maxwell’s demon," 12 Sep. 2018 Thanks to a grand new circular staircase, visitors can travel directly from the deck to the dining level below. Jessica Voelker, Condé Nast Traveler, "Seattle’s Space Needle Unveils Its $100M Renovation," 2 Aug. 2018 Just inside the entrance to the 2,006-square-foot home is a natural oak staircase to the second floor with a landing overlooking the main living space that blends the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Tony Bacewicz,, "West River Farms, East Windsor," 28 June 2018 From her floral design class, across the school and up a staircase from the art hallway that echoed with gunshots, Alford heard only the fire alarm. Alden Woods, USA TODAY, "Santa Fe High's disastrous year: From devastating floods to tragic school shooting," 22 May 2018 Founded in 1983 by Kris's mother, Georgette Thomas, the 4,424-square-foot bed and breakfast at 244 Main Street boasts a gorgeous grand staircase and seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "You Could Own This Real-Life Hallmark Christmas Movie House," 22 Dec. 2018 There, all facilities are specifically designed for the short of stature, with low kitchen surfaces, small-stepped staircases, and light switches at half the standard height. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of staircase

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of staircase

: a set of stairs and its supporting structures


stair·​case | \ ˈster-ˌkās \

Kids Definition of staircase

: a flight of steps with their supporting structure and railings

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