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stair·case

(stār'kās),
A series of reactions that follow one another in progressively increasing or decreasing intensity, so that a chart shows a continuous rise or fall. See: treppe.

stair·case

(stār'kās)
A series of reactions that follow one another in progressively increasing or decreasing intensity, so that a chart shows a continuous rise or fall.
See also: treppe
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Hurrying to get out of the room, he banged his forehead against a hat-peg and gave himself a huge bump; then, suddenly stepping back, he skinned his arm on the screen, near the piano; he tried to lean on the piano, but the lid fell on his hands and crushed his fingers; he rushed out of the office like a madman, slipped on the staircase and came down the whole of the first flight on his back.
All carved oak, right up to the ceiling, just the same as you saw on the staircase.
As you ascend the staircase of your house from the drawing towards the bedroom floors, you may have remarked a little arch in the wall right before you, which at once gives light to the stair which leads from the second story to the third (where the nursery and servants' chambers commonly are) and serves for another purpose of utility, of which the undertaker's men can give you a notion.
The appearance of the unconscious Durdles, holding the door open for his companion to follow, as if from the grave, is ghastly enough, with a purple hand across his face, and a yellow splash upon his brow; but he bears the close scrutiny of his companion in an insensible way, although it is prolonged while the latter fumbles among his pockets for a key confided to him that will open an iron gate, so to enable them to pass to the staircase of the great tower.
In the gloomy tile- paved entry to the gloomy tile-paved staircase, Monsieur Defarge bent down on one knee to the child of his old master, and put her hand to his lips.
Now, in groping my way down the black staircase I fell over something, and that something was a man crouching in a corner.
Within this door is the staircase which ascends straight through the thickness of the wall, not communicating with the room on the first floor, in whose centre is the opening to the dungeon.
The lady did not answer, but silently descended the staircase, the prince following her.
She looked in the pantry under the staircase, and she searched the best spare bedroom that was all covered up with dust sheets.
As he descended the staircase, Morrel met Penelon, who was going up.
I dare not set foot on the staircase here, for if I do so I am stared at, and pointed at, and spoken about in the most horrible manner.
On entering the house he had taken off his mask and imitation beard, then, mounting a staircase, had opened a door, and in a room lighted by a single lamp found himself face to face with a man seated behind a desk.