1. [syn: step, stair]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stair \Stair\ (st[^a]r), n. [OE. steir, steyer, AS. st[=ae]ger,
from st[imac]gan to ascend, rise. [root]164. See Sty to
1. One step of a series for ascending or descending to a
different level; -- commonly applied to those within a
2. A series of steps, as for passing from one story of a
house to another; -- commonly used in the plural; but
originally used in the singular only. "I a winding stair
found." --Chaucer's Dream.
Below stairs, in the basement or lower part of a house,
where the servants are.
Flight of stairs, the stairs which make the whole ascent of
Pair of stairs, a set or flight of stairs. -- pair, in this
phrase, having its old meaning of a set. See Pair, n.,
Run of stairs (Arch.), a single set of stairs, or section
of a stairway, from one platform to the next.
Stair rod, a rod, usually of metal, for holding a stair
carpet to its place.
Up stairs. See Upstairs in the Vocabulary.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: support consisting of a place to rest the foot while
ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the
bottom step" [syn: step, stair]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
49 Moby Thesaurus words for "stair":
amount, caliber, compass, cut, degree, doorstep, extent, footrest,
footstep, grade, height, interval, leap, level, mark, measure,
notch, nuance, pas, peg, period, pitch, plane, plateau, point,
proportion, range, ratio, reach, remove, rest, riser, round,
rundle, rung, scale, scope, shade, shadow, space, spoke, standard,
stave, step, step stool, stepping-stone, stint, string, tread