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[stair-wey] /ˈstɛərˌweɪ/
a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.
1790-1800; stair + way1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stairway
  • Going around a corner, he turned in at the door of the hotel and began to climb the stairway leading up to his friend's room.
  • When the light in the house next door went out he stumbled down the stairway and into the street.
  • The first marine was stuck, maybe three-quarters of the way up the stairway.
  • These design features include a stairway between the main deck and upper deck.
  • stairway parts must be free of dangerous projections such as protruding nails.
  • stairway illumination shall receive primary power from the building wiring.
  • The railing must protect all open sides except the stairway entrance side.
  • Cases involving stairway lifts must be written as proposed decisions.
  • Sectional folding stairway scaffolds shall be designed as medium duty scaffolds except for high clearance.
  • The attic stairways are made with aluminum steps and rails with a wooden door and frame surrounding the stairway.
British Dictionary definitions for stairway


a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stairway

1767, from stair + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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