open string

a staircase string whose top follows the profile of the steps in such a way that the treads project beyond its outer face. Unabridged
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In an open string stair, the outer stringer is cut to reveal the stepping of
  the stairs.
The interior features a narrow, open string staircase with simple round
  balusters and newel posts.
The open string stair, with delicately carved balusters, is at the northwest
  end of the hall.
Graceful scrolled brackets grace the open string and the frieze of the curved
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