- one of a flight or series of steps for going from one level to another, as in a building.
- stairs, such steps collectively, especially as forming a flight or a series of flights: I was so excited I ran all the way up the stairs.
- a series or flight of steps; stairway: a winding stair.
Origin of stair
Related Words for stairstair, term, strength, severity, rate, point, grade, intensity, standard, amount, scale, extent, scope, quality, size, run, tread, rest, gradation, rung
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Contemporary Examples of stair
The remote control contains mode selections for standing, walking, sitting, and stair up and down modes that the user can select.The Bionic Exoskeleton Helping Paraplegics Walk
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
June 29, 2014
The smiling president immediately joked with the crowd, “I was so fired up, I missed a stair!”Power Tripping: King Juan Carlos I & More (Photos)
The Daily Beast
August 5, 2012
Historical Examples of stair
Probably then the stair and the room below had been an arrangement for the musicians.
I then remembered that I had passed a door on the stair, and went back to try it.
Going higher yet, till she all but reached the roof, the stair brought her to a door.
The major took him again, and carried him up the stair—so thin and light was he.
Hester turned and went down the stair, now on her part a little angry.
- one of a flight of stairs
- a series of stepsa narrow stair
Word Origin for stair
Old English stæger "flight of steps," also "a single step," from Proto-Germanic *staigri (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian stiga, Middle Dutch stighen, Old High German stigan, German steigen, Gothic steigan "to go up, ascend;" Old English stigan "to climb, go;" German Steig "path," Old English stig "narrow path"), from PIE *steigh- "go, rise, stride, step, walk" (cf. Greek steikhein "to go, march in order," stikhos "row, line, rank, verse;" Sanskrit stighnoti "mounts, rises, steps;" Old Church Slavonic stignati "to overtake," stigna "place;" Lithuanian staiga "suddenly;" Old Irish tiagaim "I walk;" Welsh taith "going, walk, way").
Originally also a collective plural; stairs developed by late 14c. OED says stair still is ordinary in Scotland where flight of stairs would be used elsewhere.