hanging stair, hanging step
1. A stone step cantilevered from the wall and free at the other end.
2.See cantilever steps.
A step usually constructed without a continuous carriage, 1 for support; instead the steps are bolted together so that each step provides support for the one above and the one below; used, for example, in architecture of the Shakers, a religious sect of English origin that settled in America in the late 18th century.
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