- stainless steel,
- stair rod,
- staircase phenomenon,
Origin of stair
Examples from the Web for stairs
And thus I end up at the bottom of the stairs, about one month after my injury and two months after my wedding.
Until then, we will hike the stairs together, one carpeted step at a time.
The party sequence in Notorious begins with a wide shot from high above the top of the stairs, all glittering expanse below.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two police assigned to the apartment on a detail were doing a “vertical patrol” up the stairs when the door opened.
“I thought about throwing myself down a flight of stairs or have my eldest daughter pounce on top of me,” she said.Women Share Their Secret Abortion Stories For 1 in 3 Campaign|Brandy Zadrozny|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We ascended a very darksome flight of stairs, and a door was opened by a strange little man.Hawthorne and His Circle|Julian Hawthorne
John Lawson did not say another word; he turned away and slowly descended the stairs, and walked out of the house.
I would have escaped my uncle, but he waylaid me in the dark at the foot of the stairs.Heralds of Empire|Agnes C. Laut
Her father released her, took out his pocket handkerchief, and sat down on the stairs with his head against the wall.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
She slipped past him out of the door, and he heard her light and rapid footfall as she sped up the stairs.Throckmorton|Molly Elliot Seawell
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.