- a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.
Origin of stairway
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Examples from the Web for stairway
Bucca hung up the phone and started up the stairway with fellow fire marshal John Devery.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
I look around the stairway, and I see Al Capone and another guy sitting in the living room having a beef about ‘receipts.’The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
And now that same song, “Stairway to Heaven” is at the center of another battle over ownership.
For more than a half-century before “Stairway to Heaven,” recording artists had been doing this, usually with impunity.
Despite what some have claimed, the cited passages from “Stairway to Heaven” and “Spirit” are not identical.
The stairway was very narrow, and formed a regular spiral as in a turret.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She looked down the hall, up the stairway, and went on to the living room.
As she closed the front door she cried up the stairway: "Eileen, are you there?"
"With your permission," he said negligently; and drew the girl aside to the angle of the stairway.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Finally the man flung his cigar overboard and went down the stairway.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
- a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps
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Word Origin and History for stairway
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