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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Half a block away from the broken escalator Friday, engineers held measuring tape to another blocked-off moving stairway with its insides exposed at the Ellis and Stockton streets entrance of Powell Station. Anna Bauman,, "BART kicks off $96.5 million project to replace 41 downtown escalators in 6 years," 9 Sep. 2019 Both stairways will be unaffected by construction and will be available throughout the project., "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 Hopping onto and sliding along a metal bar like a stairway railing is a common trick in skateboarding and snowboarding. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars," 21 Aug. 2019 Be aware of touching communal things, [such as] stairway rails, subway poles, water fountains. Christina Oehler,, "Can You Get the Flu In August? We Asked a Doctor," 15 Aug. 2019 In one of the greatest scenes in American movies (Sunset Boulevard), Gloria Swanson, playing an aging, over-the-hill, formerly famous movie star, walks slowly down the grand stairway of a mansion, preparing for her close-up. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why many people can’t just keep doing what they’re doing, especially after 50," 14 July 2019 Black anodized aluminum appears all over, including the stairway. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Perfectionist Architect’s Experimental Home," 27 Dec. 2018 Randy Kraft was chosen Employee of the 2nd Quarter at The Taney Corporation, a wood stairway and rail manufacturer located in Taneytown., "Business briefs: Taney Corp. honors employee; Bradshaw wins award; Carroll Lutheran Village service anniversaries," 12 Aug. 2019 This nine-level labyrinth runs 1,100 feet underground, and its 3,000 chambers, sculptures, and stairways were all painstakingly carved by miners. Malavika Bhattacharya, National Geographic, "Why is everyone going to Krakow?," 23 July 2019

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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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