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stay

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noun \ˈstā\

Definition of stay

  1. 1 :  a large strong rope usually of wire used to support a mast

  2. 2 :  1guy



Origin of stay

Middle English, from Old English stæg; akin to Old Norse stag stay


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms


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stay

verb

Definition of stay

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to secure upright with or as if with stays

    2. 2 :  to incline (a mast) forward, aft, or to one side by the stays

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to go about :  tack



    1627

    First Known Use of stay

    1627


    3

    stay

    verb

    Definition of stay

    stayed play \ˈstād\ also staid play \ˈstād\ stay·ing

    1. intransitive verb
    2. 1 :  to stop going forward :  pause

    3. 2 :  to stop doing something :  cease

    4. 3 :  to continue in a place or condition :  remain <stayed up all night> <went for a short vacation but stayed on for weeks> <stay put till I come back>

    5. 4 :  to stand firm

    6. 5 :  to take up residence :  lodge

    7. 6 :  to keep even in a contest or rivalry <stay with the leaders>

    8. 7 :  to call a poker bet without raising

    9. 8 obsolete :  to be in waiting or attendance

    10. transitive verb
    11. 1 :  to wait for :  await

    12. 2 :  to stick or remain with (as a race or trial of endurance) to the end —usually used in the phrase stay the course

    13. 3 :  to remain during <stayed the whole time>

    14. 4a :  to stop or delay the proceeding or advance of by or as if by interposing an obstacle :  haltb :  to check the course of (as a disease)c :  allay, pacify <stayed tempers>d :  to quiet the hunger of temporarily



    Origin of stay

    Middle English, from Anglo-French estei-, estai-, stem of ester to stand, stay, from Latin stare — more at stand


    First Known Use: 15th century

    Synonym Discussion of stay

    defer, postpone, suspend, stay mean to delay an action or proceeding. defer implies a deliberate putting off to a later time <deferred buying a car until spring>. postpone implies an intentional deferring usually to a definite time <the game is postponed until Saturday>. suspend implies temporary stoppage with an added suggestion of waiting until some condition is satisfied <business will be suspended while repairs are under way>. stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority <the governor stayed the execution>.

    4

    stay

    noun

    Definition of stay

    1. 1a :  the action of halting :  the state of being stoppedb :  a stopping or suspension of procedure or execution by judicial or executive order

    2. 2 obsolete :  self-control, moderation

    3. 3 :  a residence or sojourn in a place

    4. 4 :  capacity for endurance



    1536

    First Known Use of stay

    1536


    5

    stay

    noun

    Definition of stay

    1. 1 :  one that serves as a prop :  support

    2. 2 :  a thin firm strip (as of plastic) used for stiffening a garment or part (as a shirt collar)

    3. 3 :  a corset stiffened with bones —usually used in plural



    Origin of stay

    Middle English, from Middle French estaie, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch stake pole, Middle Low German stak post, stake pole — more at stake


    First Known Use: 14th century


    6

    stay

    transitive verb

    Definition of stay

    1. 1 :  to provide physical or moral support for :  sustain

    2. 2 :  to fix on something as a foundation



    1548

    First Known Use of stay

    1548




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