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stairstep

[stair-step] /ˈstɛərˌstɛp/
noun
1.
a step in a staircase.
2.
stairsteps, stairs; a staircase.
3.
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.
4.
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.
adjective
5.
suggesting or resembling the steps of a staircase, as in movement or shape:
stairstep progress in improved appliance sales.
Also, stair-step.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; stair + step
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Examples from the web for stairstep
  • The entrance is slightly recessed, surrounded on the sides by three courses of brick in a stairstep pattern.
  • Alternating resistant limestone ledges and soft marls that weather to form a characteristic stairstep topography.
  • The remainder of the ground water continues in a stairstep fashion downward and toward the valley floor.
  • As the thrust fault zone cuts up section in a stairstep manner, it produces repeated section.
  • In this case, water move's from pool to pool in a stairstep fashion.
  • In addition, there are many vegetative strata exposed in stairstep fashion.

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