When do steps become stairs? And are ladders stairs?

Today Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Stairs, Steps and Ladders and so I was very proud of myself when I found a picture which had all three!Three in one - a step, stairs and a ladder

Cee has got me thinking though. When do steps become stairs? Well off I went to the usual sources we all step to at a time of research – a dictionary, wikipedia and the wider internet. Unsurprisingly I am not the only one to have asked this question however I was surprised to find no definitive view!  So I thought I’d ask you. Which of the following would you describe as stairs and which are just steps?  Continue reading