staircase

Definitions

  • Staircase at "The Bull"
    Staircase at "The Bull"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n staircase a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Led Them up the Great Staircase--1-12-028 Led Them up the Great Staircase--1-12-028
A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase
A woman in hoopskirt fans herself at the top of a staircase A woman in hoopskirt fans herself at the top of a staircase

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yorewhen the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on theground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
    • n Staircase stâr"kās` A flight of stairs with their supporting framework, casing, balusters, etc. "To make a complete staircase is a curious piece of architecture."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil
    • n staircase The part of a building which contains the stairs: also often used for stairs or flight of stairs. Staircases are straight or winding. The straight are technically called fliers or direct fliers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Staircase a flight of stairs with balusters, &c
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Quotations

  • Dottie Walters
    Dottie Walters
    “Success is not a doorway, it's a staircase.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stǽagerstígan, to ascend; Ger. steigen, to climb, Ice. stegi, a step.

Usage

In literature:

The staircase at Shadonake was very wide and very handsome, and thoroughly in keeping with the spacious character of the house.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
A fusty, musty smell was in the room, in the air of the staircase, everywhere.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
The same solemn and mysterious gloom pervades the staircase.
"Recollections of the late William Beckford of Fonthill, Wilts and Lansdown, Bath" by Henry Venn Lansdown
She stole out of her room to the head of the grand staircase.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
It was a sort of wild and savage staircase, without bannister or fence.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
As we descended the staircase there arose a hubbub of excitement from the crowd on the canals.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Hendie's voice sounded, jubilant, along the upper floor, toward the staircase.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
This 'staircase effect' I have shown to be occasionally exhibited by plants.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
The king and Fouquet met at the top of the staircase.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
It was running fast, bounding toward the spider staircase.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
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In poetry:

My lamp is out, my task is done,
And up the stair with lingering feet
I climb. The staircase clock strikes one.
Good night, my love! good night, my sweet!
"A Late Good Night" by Robert Fuller Murray
Do the angels tread this grand staircase,
When they come to earth to bless our race,
And lend their aid to each struggling soul
As he ascends toward the heavenly goal?
"The Clouds" by Joseph Horatio Chant
I learned to catch the fleeting shadows,
The fleeting shadows of dimming day,
And I climbed ever higher and the staircase trembled,
The staircase trembled beneath my feet.
"" In my dreams I pursued the fleeting shadows..."" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont
In my dreams I pursued the fleeting shadows
The fleeting shadows of the darkening day,
I climbed the tower and the staircase trembled,
The staircase trembled beneath my feet.
"" In my dreams I pursued the fleeting shadows..."" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont
Soon they reach'd a steep staircase form'd under the ground;
Poor Anna descended untold,
For she knew the drear dungeon where Edmund lay bound,
A prey to want, famine, and cold.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
Then there's a ring in a big stone near by the door,
Where gentlemen tethered their horses in days of yore;
And on the staircase door there's a firling pin
For making a rattling noise when anyone wanted in.
"The Fair Maid of Perth's House" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

"Up the Down Staircase " by Bel Kaufman All-school play Sequim High School Auditorium, 601 N Sequim Ave 7 pm Friday, Nov 9 and 16, Saturday, Nov 17 2 pm Saturday, Nov 10 Tickets: $8 adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.
Last summer, SoCal Wanderer produced a video about hiking city staircases with additional written information on how to find more staircases and hiking tours.
The Daily Mail/ Staircase .
Fossil expert to speak in Kanab Community: by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners.
Tomato & Zucchini Staircase .
Spitzer May Seek to Save a Beloved Staircase at Ground Zero.
Grand Staircase -Escalante: The Last Best Place.
Refresh Your Under-the- Staircase Space.
A curving staircase , modeled after the Spanish Steps in Rome, goes from Turk Boulevard to the old Lone Mountain College campus, now part of USF.
USF Staircase on Turk Street in San Francisco, Ca on March 31, 2012.
The curving staircase to get there is modeled after the Spanish Steps in Rome.
In a press statement, the group says those activists locked themselves to the staircase of the Lake Office, blocking the entrance to the company's executive offices.
The bar backs up to the beautiful entry with its own sitting area and wood staircase.
Washington Lodge No 19 on the Monroe Green has replaced the outdoor columns and rebuilt the outdoor staircase at its building, which is almost 110 years old.
My welding hobby started shortly after I got a bid for a steel staircase.
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In science:

One should note that (11) has been proved only for a few examples including staircase polygons .
Area distribution of the planar random loop boundary
Figure 5: Example of an experimentally obtained staircase function for a spectrum of 1428 elastomechanical eigenfrequencies of a resonating quartz block.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The bottom part shows a small section of the staircase function.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Moreover while the starting initial problem is defined on a staircase, eq. (48) is defined on a line.
Multiple-scale analysis of discrete nonlinear partial difference equations: the reduction of the lattice potential KdV
Of course, the density ρ+ can be tuned between 0 and 1, by tuning the average slope of the staircase.
Random Matrices, the Ulam Problem, Directed Polymers & Growth Models, and Sequence Matching
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