stair·​way | \ ˈster-ˌwā How to pronounce stairway (audio) \

Definition of stairway

: one or more flights of stairs usually with landings to pass from one level to another

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Williams-Tsien has replaced the stairway windows with light boxes, and their vitrine lets natural light into a gallery designated for sculpture not sensitive to the sun. Cate Mcquaid,, "A New Hampshire art museum faces the future," 10 May 2018 Though the 3,228-square-foot home is split into distinct levels, the architects created a continuity with interior stairways that effectively allow the home’s residents to crawl up the side of the hill. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Oceanfront modern house cascades down a rocky hill," 10 July 2018 Steep stairways, narrow hallways and other structural barriers can make an older home feel like an indoor obstacle course. Brenda Richardson, The Seattle Times, "Design for living: Modifications can remove the obstacles to aging in place," 3 Sep. 2018 The entry hall had a series of small rooms for utilities, a broom closet, another closet, and the stairway to the bedrooms upstairs took up space in the hall. Diane Fiske,, "Restaurateur Steve Poses settles into a new kitchen - at home in South Philly," 5 June 2018 Make all child-safety preparations in advance, such as covering electrical outlets, moving lamps and vases away from table edges, and making provisions to block stairways to prevent hazardous falls. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things to Do Around the House Before the Holidays," 16 Nov. 2018 The two-story stairway winds from a living room at the top level, down to the garden. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "A Staircase That Takes a Step Up," 21 Aug. 2018 During the first shooting of the scene the stunt driver continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot on the stairway landing, and continued to drive down a second ramp built over the bottom stairs and across the roadway. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Deadpool 2 Is Dedicated to the Stuntwoman Who Died on Set Filming a Motorcycle Stunt," 18 May 2018 The fire lieutenant went back down the stairs to the second floor, and forced his way into an apartment to gain access to a second interior stairway at the rear of the triple-decker. John Hilliard,, "Firefighter gives woman his air mask as he carries her out of burning South Boston building," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of stairway

1767, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stairway

: a set of stairs that go from one level or floor to another


stair·​way | \ ˈster-ˌwā How to pronounce stairway (audio) \

Kids Definition of stairway

: one or more flights of steps usually with connecting landings

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