Stair rod
Stair Stair (st[^a]r), n. [OE. steir, steyer, AS. st[=ae]ger, from st[imac]gan to ascend, rise. [root]164. See {Sty} to ascend.] 1. One step of a series for ascending or descending to a different level; -- commonly applied to those within a building. [1913 Webster]

2. A series of steps, as for passing from one story of a house to another; -- commonly used in the plural; but originally used in the singular only. ``I a winding stair found.'' --Chaucer's Dream. [1913 Webster]

{Below stairs}, in the basement or lower part of a house, where the servants are.

{Flight of stairs}, the stairs which make the whole ascent of a story.

{Pair of stairs}, a set or flight of stairs. -- pair, in this phrase, having its old meaning of a set. See {Pair}, n., 1.

{Run of stairs} (Arch.), a single set of stairs, or section of a stairway, from one platform to the next.

{Stair rod}, a rod, usually of metal, for holding a stair carpet to its place.

{Up stairs}. See {Upstairs} in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • stair rod — noun : a metal rod or its equivalent for holding a stair carpet in place in the angle between two steps * * * a rod for holding a stair carpet in place against the bottom of a riser. [1855 60] * * * stair rod noun A rod for holding a stair carpet …   Useful english dictionary

  • stair-rod — /ˈstɛə rɒd/ (say stair rod) noun one of a series of rods fixed into the angles of a flight of stairs for holding the stair carpet in place …   Australian English dictionary

  • Stair rod — A stair rod is a stick, generally made of metal and sometimes ornate, that holds carpeting to a staircase. In the United Kingdom, the word is also sometimes used as a metaphor for driving rain …   Wikipedia

  • stair-rod — noun a rod that holds a stair carpet in the angle between two steps • Hypernyms: ↑rod …   Useful english dictionary

  • stair rod — a rod for holding a stair carpet in place against the bottom of a riser. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • stair rod — noun a rod securing a carpet in the angle between two steps …   English new terms dictionary

  • stair-rod dislocation — pakopinė dislokacija statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. jogged dislocation; stair rod dislocation vok. Stufenversetzung, f rus. ступенчатая дислокация, f pranc. dislocation en échelon, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Stair — (st[^a]r), n. [OE. steir, steyer, AS. st[=ae]ger, from st[imac]gan to ascend, rise. [root]164. See {Sty} to ascend.] 1. One step of a series for ascending or descending to a different level; commonly applied to those within a building. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stair — n. 1 each of a set of fixed indoor steps (on the top stair but one). 2 (usu. in pl.) a set of indoor steps (passed him on the stairs; down a winding stair). 3 (in pl.) a landing stage. Phrases and idioms: stair rod a rod for securing a carpet in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stair wire — noun : a slender stair rod …   Useful english dictionary

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