stair·​well | \ˈster-ˌwel \

Definition of stairwell 

: a vertical shaft in which stairs are located

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Police said Miguel Glorioso, 20, and Jamie Coutee, 19, were identified by an employee who discovered them in a fifth-floor stairwell. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Louisiana cops arrest inmate and teen who were allegedly having sex in courthouse," 13 July 2018 Rashawn Nicol, 27, said officers found his female friend holding a lit blunt on a third-floor stairwell landing in a Brooklyn housing project. New York Times, "Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic," 13 May 2018 Why have so many people looked straight down a stairwell at the New Museum and taken a photograph there? New York Times, "Take a Photo Here," 27 June 2018 The attack happened just before noon on the first floor of a rear stairwell at the school, Chitwood said. Erin Mccarthy,, "Student stabbed in stairwell of Upper Darby High School," 4 June 2018 But the safety agency concluded that Falkenhan might have survived if a search crew on the second floor had had a hose to douse the flames before the fire raced up the stairwell and took his life. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Water pooled on the BBVA Compass Roof Garden and found its way inside by seeping under a door atop an open stairwell that leads visitors to the roof, temporarily creating an unwelcome waterfall. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "When it rained, it poured Wednesday inside Houston’s new Glassell School," 5 July 2018 The suspect then holed up in a stairwell with a shotgun, Doty said. CBS News, "Cops kill man they say came out shooting after standoff," 4 July 2018 And sharp-eyed visitors can find two of his screenprints — one depicting a bald eagle and the other a ram — in the stairwell leading to the second floor galleries. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Andy Warhol arrives with a bang this summer in San Antonio," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of stairwell

1920, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stairwell

: a space in a building where stairs are located

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