• WordNet 3.6
    • n stairway a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
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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 Stairway A flight of stairs or steps; a staircase. "A rude and narrow stairway ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator. It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her.
    • n stairway A staircase.
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In literature:

The bridge contained a reception and a tea room, which were connected by a carved stairway with the deck below.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
When Miss Lee took me up-stairs it was up a bare, polished stairway upon which I was half afraid to tread.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
It was but a moment's work to scramble through, and then run up the dark, disused stairway.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
He was some distance off on the azotea, and running towards the private stairway.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
They went up an iron stairway to the second floor, and so on up to the roof.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
They filled the stairways and the halls below.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The stairway was spacious; the tread of the steps was broad, the elevation slight; there were four landings.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
To his left was a rough wooden stairway with an iron rod for a hand-rail.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Standing there in the hall I looked up the dark and shadowy stairway.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
A broad, curving stairway fronted us.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings

In poetry:

So the building rose, and slowly
Walls and stairway, keep and tower
Stone by stone completed, sadly
Heralded the wedding hour.
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Up the stairway, softly creeping,
To the loft where Raud was sleeping,
With their fists they burst asunder
Bolt and bar that held the door.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
By the fireside there are youthful dreamers,
Building castles fair, with stately stairways,
Asking blindly
Of the Future what it cannot give them.
"The Golden Mile-Stone. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We've scaled the stairway's topmost height,
And sat there talking half the night;
And, gazing on the crowd below,
Thanked Fate and Heaven that made us so;—
"Philosophy" by Amy Levy
A grand stairway do these clouds appear
As they heavenward rise, tier upon tier,
With clearly-marked space of blue between,
Compared with which human art looks mean.
"The Clouds" by Joseph Horatio Chant
O turn away, let her not see, not know!
How should she bear it, how should understand?
O hasten down the stairway, haste and go,
And leave her dreaming in the silent land.
"The Old House" by Amy Levy

In news:

And He's Building a Stairway to High Line.
The Stairway to Heaven is only 150-foot Tall.
For Lower Manhattan, Tower Offers a Residential Stairway to the Sky.
Satellite Radio's Shaky Stairway to Heaven.
23 Things John Bonham Did During The Quiet Part Of " Stairway To Heaven".
Here is a blog that describes the 23 things Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham did during the Stairway to Heaven intro.
IPhone's Siri Sings ' Stairway to Heaven.
Climbing the never-ending stairway to heaven.
The March 1936 issue of The Decorator's Digest features a Hedrich Blessing photograph of the stairway at a Frazier & Rafferty residence in Lake Forest, Illinois.
"Stairway to Heaven," Stacy Pearsall.
One time, I participated in an event that required me to run as fast as possible up the stairway of these towers.
But look, you keep appearing and peeing in stairways or sleeping on the front step when I need to get to work.
Todd Scalise's 'HIGHERglyphics' is a stairway to art heaven .
The sunken living room , as viewed from an open stairway.
The sunken living room, as viewed from an open stairway.

In science:

It is important to remark, especially in the context of this conference, that Mather’s stated goal in his recent work is not so much to prove stability results for their own sake but to use his Mather sets (the remnants he finds of the dynamics of the unperturbed system) as a stairway to (generic) diffusion.
Dynamical stability in Lagrangian systems
The step heights along the stairway represent the mass of the particles.
Particle Dynamics in a Mass-Conserving Coalescence Process