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[stair-wel] /ˈstɛərˌwɛl/
the vertical shaft or opening containing a stairway.
Also, stair well.
Origin of stairwell
1915-20; stair + well2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stairwell
  • Here's the tricky part: people enter the stairwell at every minute multiple of the level they enter.
  • Also caught on a camera pointed vertically up through the stairwell.
  • Cigarette butts litter the dim stairwell, and the rickety elevator takes fifteen seconds too long for comfort.
  • He had live microphones in the hallway and stairwell.
  • They'd lock themselves behind the cages they'd installed at the entrance to each floor and throw hand grenades down the stairwell.
  • The appearance was to be in the judge's office, on the building's upper floor, around the stairwell from the makeshift courtroom.
  • They raced to the stairwell door as bullets flew by them.
  • Guests can access the lake from a private stairwell that leads directly down to a private dock.
  • Guests can climb the stairwell within the actual structure and exit at the observation deck located in the statue's crown.
  • The proposed text amendment would exempt this additional eight inches of stairwell width from floor area calculations.
British Dictionary definitions for stairwell


a vertical shaft or opening that contains a staircase
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Word Origin and History for stairwell

by 1862, from stair + well (n.).

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