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[stair-keys] /ˈstɛərˌkeɪs/
a flight of stairs with its framework, banisters, etc., or a series of such flights.
1615-25; stair + case2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for staircase
  • Think of a long staircase and there is a line of people at the top, each representing an instruction.
  • On the return walk down the other side of the garden, a lovely stone staircase swings you down into a lower patio.
  • To complement the new seat wall, the old staircase was rebuilt and resurfaced.
  • To reach a newly accessible cove, head down the staircase near the entrance.
  • Up a seemingly endless winding staircase is a room whose frescoes are alive with symbolism.
  • Her cabbie tells her she can beat the traffic by hopping out of the car and down an emergency staircase at the next exit.
  • They can be lined up on the ground or stacked up with an external staircase connecting them.
  • The none-too-reliable-looking elevator is encircled by a crumbling staircase.
  • There is a narrow staircase leading down behind the coat-check counter.
  • With race time drawing near, he gets up and walks toward the top of a spiral staircase.
British Dictionary definitions for staircase


a flight of stairs, its supporting framework, and, usually, a handrail or banisters
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Word Origin and History for staircase

also stair-case, 1620s, originally the enclosure of the stairs, from stair + case (n.2) in its sense "frame;" e.g. former window-case, door-case.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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staircase in Medicine

staircase stair·case (stâr'kās')
A series of reactions or responses that follow one another in progressively increasing or decreasing intensity, so that a chart shows a continuous rise or fall.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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staircase in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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