stair·​case | \ ˈster-ˌkās How to pronounce staircase (audio) \

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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The spiral staircase or the roof terrace’s sliding doors lend themselves to an organic, almost sensual flow. Vogue, "With a New Dance Series, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye Becomes an Unlikely Stage," 23 Aug. 2019 Koffman and her neighbor, Tanya Baxter, climbed the winding staircase to the roof to watch a crew of professional movers haul a piano up three flights of stairs. Anna Bauman,, "Pianos bring creativity, inspiration to San Francisco’s Fort Point," 23 Aug. 2019 Voices ascended the emotional staircase at times as speakers on both sides spelled out their cases and concerns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Protests, counter-protests at Del Mar show horse racing finally paying attention," 22 Aug. 2019 The spaces can be elaborate, freestanding structures outfitted with sunbathing perches, ramps and spiral staircases or a series of inexpensive wire cubes., "See screened playgrounds purr-fect for felines: Portland Catio Tour," 19 Aug. 2019 Two years later, the first wooden staircase was built to allow visitors to access the caverns. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "3-D Map to Digitize Part of Carlsbad Caverns Down to the Millimeter," 19 Aug. 2019 Guests arrive to an expansive motor court at 2815 Waterbank, which offers ample parking space for social events, and walk into a two-story, split-staircase foyer. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Multimillion-dollar foreclosures for sale in Austin, Houston's Memorial area," 16 Aug. 2019 And the building has only one usable entrance and staircase; access to each floor is along relatively narrow walkways. C.r., The Economist, "Why Hong Kong’s Airport was a good target for protesters," 16 Aug. 2019 Stop in the 350-room Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Germany’s grandest palaces—a harmonious symphony of formal gardens and opulent structures, such as the famous staircase painted with frescoes by Tiepolo. National Geographic, "Castles, vineyards, and fairy-tale villages: Drive the Romantic Road," 14 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce staircase (audio) \

Kids Definition of staircase

: a flight of steps with their supporting structure and railings

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to make a temporary encampment

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