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 for Pair of stairs
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

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