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1. one of a flight of stairs
2. a series of steps


A series of steps or flights of steps for going between two or more successive levels with connecting landings at each level, either on the exterior or in the interior.

box stair

An interior staircase constructed with a closed string on both sides, often enclosed by walls or partitions with door openings at various floor levels.

circular stair

A stair having a cylindrical shape.

closed-string stair

A staircase whose profile of treads and risers is covered at the side by a string or sloping member which supports the balustrade.

dogleg stair

Two flights of stairs that are parallel to each other with a half-landing in between.

elliptical stair

Winding stair in which the plan of its inside edges is in the shape of an ellipse.

geometrical stair

A winder stair in which the outside of the winders is supported by walls forming three sides of a rectangle, and the inner side is unsupported and without a newel post.

hanging stair

A stair supported by individual hanging steps projecting horizontally from a wall on one side, with corbels or brackets.

helical stair

A stair whose treads are wrapped around a helix: commonly called a spiral stair.

open stair

A stair or stairway, whose treads are visible on one or both sides and open to a room in which it is located.

open-string stair

A staircase whose profile of treads and risers is visible from the side; the treads support the balusters.

open-well stair

A stair built around a well, leaving an open space.


(civil engineering)
A series of steps between levels or from floor to floor in a building.



When interpreting this dream, try to remember your feelings upon awakening. Going up and down the stairs could mean several different things. It could represent changes in consciousness, movement from one inner plane to another, or a change in understanding. In a more material sense, it could represent a rise or fall in economic or social status and the general efforts that are required to accomplish life’s small and large goals. Climbing may represent an achievement of your ambitions and a movement in a positive direction. Descending may symbolize your doubts or a period following hard work and achievement of a significant goal. Generally, dreaming of ascending a stairway connotes movement in a positive direction while descending is indicative of a down period or negative flow of ideas or actions.
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