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staircase

[stair-keys]
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noun
  1. a flight of stairs with its framework, banisters, etc., or a series of such flights.
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Origin of staircase

First recorded in 1615–25; stair + case2
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Related Words

staircase, stairwell, molding, paneling, hallway, porch, door, opening, entryway, port, hall, access, passageway, corridor, entry, gate, avenue, lobby, doorway, escalator

Examples from the Web for staircase

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Historical Examples

  • He waited in the lower hall until she had reached the top of the staircase.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He ran up the staircase to his room and flung on some clothing.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The crowd is around the foot of the staircase waiting for the elevator.

  • John went towards the staircase, but his uncle called him back.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He was left in the entry hall, the servant hurrying to the staircase and up.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for staircase

staircase

noun
  1. a flight of stairs, its supporting framework, and, usually, a handrail or banisters
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Word Origin and History for staircase

n.

also stair-case, 1620s, originally the enclosure of the stairs, from stair + case (n.2) in its sense "frame;" e.g. former window-case, door-case.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

staircase in Medicine

staircase

(stârkās′)
n.
  1. A series of reactions or responses that follow one another in progressively increasing or decreasing intensity, so that a chart shows a continuous rise or fall.
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