Definition of a Stairlift
- A lifting device mounted on a stair or staicase.
- A powered machine or device used to carry a person up or down a staircase, usually consisting of a moveable carriage which runs along an inclined rail.
- A lift, mounted on the wall of a staircase in a house, on which a disabled or elderly person sits to be carried upstairs (and downstairs). The Chambers Dictionary (2003)
The word stairlift comprises the words stair and lift
stair, noun, a series or flight of steps; a staircase. Often used in the plural. One of a flight of steps.
Etymology: Middle English steir, from Old English st[AE]ger; akin to Old English & Old High German stIgan to rise, Greek steichein to walk
lift, verb, to direct or carry from a lower to a higher position; raise
Etymology: Middle English liften , from Old Norse lypta
Some alternative names for a stair lift:
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