staircase

[stair-keys]

noun

a flight of stairs with its framework, banisters, etc., or a series of such flights.

Nearby words

  1. stainless,
  2. stainless steel,
  3. stainlessly,
  4. stair,
  5. stair rod,
  6. staircase phenomenon,
  7. stairhead,
  8. stairlift,
  9. stairmaster,
  10. stairs

Origin of staircase

First recorded in 1615–25; stair + case2

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British Dictionary definitions for staircase

staircase

noun

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for staircase

staircase

[stârkās′]

n.

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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