a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.
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How to use stairway in a sentence
The designs for a concrete stairway amounted to an industrial intrusion into the last bit of pristine coast left in Encinitas.
Water-tight doors that can be closed during storms have been placed at tunnel entrances and similar systems are being rolled out at vulnerable station entrances and stairways.Hurricane Ida Raises the Question: How Can Cities Keep Subways Safe in an Era of Climate Crisis Flooding? | Ciara Nugent | September 3, 2021 | Time
Other linkages include trees, windows, corridors, stairways, flames and rosy skies over coastlines.In the galleries: Sequence of photographs creates a graphic continuity | Mark Jenkins | August 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Among his legacies are the rustic, hand-built stone stairways found on some of Acadia’s steepest slopes.
Among them was the installation of a wooden stairway to the second floor of the theater, having more than the 16 steps allowed for a stairway at that building, and for installing a wood stage on the second floor.Memorial proposed for 1977 Cinema Follies fire victims | Lou Chibbaro Jr. | September 28, 2020 | Washington Blade
Bucca hung up the phone and started up the stairway with fellow fire marshal John Devery.
I look around the stairway, and I see Al Capone and another guy sitting in the living room having a beef about ‘receipts.’The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum | Robert Ward | July 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And now that same song, “stairway to Heaven” is at the center of another battle over ownership.
For more than a half-century before “stairway to Heaven,” recording artists had been doing this, usually with impunity.
Despite what some have claimed, the cited passages from “stairway to Heaven” and “Spirit” are not identical.
“We saw the smoke pouring out of the window,” and she darted in and started up the front stairway.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
A narrow, circular stairway leads to the tower, from which the beauty of the location is at once apparent.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Black Hood stood in that shadowy stairway and was himself like one of the shadows—watching, listening, waiting for his time.
He turned, stumbled over a fallen form, caught his balance, and then took the stairway in long strides.
Edna hastened upstairs by a private stairway that led from the rear of the store to the apartments above.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for stairway
a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps
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