Below stairs


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Below stairs in the basement or lower part of a house, where the servants are.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Below stairs in a lower story, in the basement
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stǽagerstígan, to ascend; Ger. steigen, to climb, Ice. stegi, a step.


In literature:

He waited about twenty minutes, and then he heard a key turn in the door below and his wife's footsteps slowly mounting the stairs.
"Light Freights, Complete" by W. W. Jacobs
It was conducted between a small Wheeler on the top of the stairs and Mrs. Wheeler in the parlour below.
"A Master Of Craft" by W. W. Jacobs
Then came a crack below them, and an instant later the cellar stairs collapsed, carrying them with it.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
The stairs which led below, joined those of No.
"Wilton School" by Fred E. Weatherly
About this time as Kirstie passed down the stairs she took notice that a new tradesman had set up business on the landing below.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The men below stairs had, after some discussion, decided on bullet.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
He suffered some inconvenience from the fact that his room was below, and that he could only reach it by descending two flights of stairs.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
Going quietly out the door, and down part way to a window crossed by the stairs, I sat down upon a step and looked into the room below.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Dick led the way and crossed to where an enclosed stairs ran to the floor below.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
Of what nation is the dark man below stairs, whom I saw writing at the desk?
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
The atmosphere of the Light, below stairs, was depressing.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
Dumbleton, however, stood still; a graven image of High Life below Stairs.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
He heard a man's voice below and he stepped to the head of the stairs and listened.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
Of what nation is the dark man below stairs, whom I saw writing at the desk?
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
You stand on the cellar stairs, and below is a dark waste of waters, of illimitable extent.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
The duenna doubtless retailed it below-stairs, and the verger at the church also had his tale to tell.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Its tone was contemptuous; it came from below, from the bottom of the stairs.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
After that he spent much of his time below stairs.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
Crowds of ugly looking wretches were hurrying down the rickety stairs, and the sound of wheezy dance-hall music floated up from below.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The boys peered down into the opening below and saw Hiram Duff sitting on the lower step of the stairs.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield

In poetry:

From that west gallery no doubt
The viol and serpent tooted out
The Tallis tune to Ken,
And firmly at the end of prayers
The clerk below the pulpit stairs
Would thunder out "Amen."
"Verses Turned..." by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

In Alexandria, we visited the tavern in which Colonel Ellsworth was killed and saw the spot where he fell, and the stairs below, whence Jackson fired the fatal shot, and where he himself was slain a moment afterwards.
I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar—Thomas Jefferson.
The 5-part series (which shows model Anouck Lepère sexily sweat through cycling, running, yoga, and even a triathlon) makes me want to sprint down the 45-flights of stairs that separate the ELLE offices from the city streets below.
Do you recognize the stairs in the photo below.

In science:

Geometrically, W is the set of points in the quarter-plane (i1 , jt ) + N2 below the “stairs” ∪(i′ ,j ′ )∈E ((i′ , j ′ ) + N2 ).
A Jordan-Hoelder Theorem for Differential Algebraic Groups
Geometrically, W is the set of points in the quarter-plane (i1 , jt ) + N2 below the “stairs” ∪(i′ ,j ′ )∈E ((i′ , j ′ ) + N2 ).
A Jordan-Hoelder Theorem for Differential Algebraic Groups
Below, we briefly describe the different groups and their evolutionary histories (for reviews, see Phinney & Kulkarni 1994; Stairs 2004).
Optical studies of companions to millisecond pulsars