or stair well
- the vertical shaft or opening containing a stairway.
Origin of stairwell
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Examples from the Web for stairwell
Gurley came out of stairwell door as the two cops approached.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
Then about a week later, as a storm was approaching Miami, they visited again and found him on the second floor of his stairwell.
Mesa and Venturini headed out in their big white van and found Poppo lying down in his stairwell home.
Next door, rescue workers found the body of her neighbor, dead in the fetal position at the bottom of a stairwell.Japan Earthquake: Gripping Survivor Stories
The Daily Beast
March 13, 2011
They found medication in the master bedroom and bathroom, and a sticky note in the stairwell issuing a do-not-resuscitate order.Did Julie Schenecker Kill Her Kids?
February 8, 2011
When Jon questioned him he indicated a stairwell against the rear wall.The Velvet Glove
At one end it merged into an incline that became a stairwell.Planet of the Damned
Then he began to run up the stairwell toward the good lifeboat.The Man Who Hated Mars
Gordon Randall Garrett
At the door Bill poked his head in and shouted up the stairwell, "Hi—Tom?"The Black Tide
Arthur G. Stangland
The Second came up out of the stairwell, turned and started toward them.The Hell Ship
Raymond Alfred Palmer
- a vertical shaft or opening that contains a staircase
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Word Origin and History for stairwell
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