2. stairsteps, stairs
; a staircase.
a person or thing whose position, status, behavior, or the like suggests the shape or rise of the steps
in a staircase: Their six children are stairsteps ranging from ages two to twelve.
verb (used without object), stairstepped, stairstepping.
to occur or move in a regular pattern suggesting the steps
of a staircase: housing units stairstepping down the hill to the edge of the lake.
suggesting or resembling the steps
of a staircase, as in movement
or shape: stairstep progress in improved appliance sales.