stag·​ing | \ ˈstā-jiŋ How to pronounce staging (audio) \

Definition of staging

2a : the business of running stagecoaches
b : the act of journeying in stagecoaches
3 : the act of putting on a play
4a : the moving of troops or matériel forward in several stages
b : the assembling of troops or matériel in transit in a particular place

Examples of staging in a Sentence

The staging of the play was more difficult than expected.
Recent Examples on the Web Officers cordoned off a large swath of Nob Hill Road and set up a staging site in a nearby rehabilitation hospital. New York Times, "F.B.I. Agents Killed in Florida Shooting," 2 Feb. 2021 Using Andersen as a staging base, the C-130J Super Hercules planes fan out across the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau, dropping boxes of donations on 56 islands in all. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Another Holiday Season, Another Successful Operation Christmas Drop," 23 Dec. 2020 Nearby Zion City Hall was opened as a warming shelter and staging location. Clifford Ward,, "Woman dies in fire at Zion senior apartment complex," 21 Dec. 2020 Apparently just waiting for that call, 400 volunteers showed up at a church that served as the staging site. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘We absolutely consider her an inspiration’: Vadie Sides thriving after being lost in Alabama woods for 2 days," 19 Dec. 2020 Once the crew has landed on Earth, helicopters will take them to a recovery staging site in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The first space station crew to launch during a pandemic is coming home," 21 Oct. 2020 That plan draws upon the 21 games of experience the Saints absorbed last August and September, and also Major League Baseball's staging of the 2020 World Series and NL Championship Series before fans in Arlington, Texas. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins starting to map out plans for return of fans," 29 Jan. 2021 The production values are very good, and that the show is a little off the models here and there in terms of language or performance style or staging may be intentional — this is old TV as an AI might render it. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Review: With the refreshing ‘WandaVision,’ Marvel gets an inventive sitcom makeover," 14 Jan. 2021 Its Grand Guignol flourishes were attention-grabbing, yes, but what knocked some of us out was Fincher’s visual style, with its crepuscular lighting, immaculate staging and tableaus. New York Times, "David Fincher, the Unhappiest Auteur," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of staging

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of staging was in the 14th century

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16 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Staging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of staging

: the performance of a play on a stage
: a temporary raised platform that a person can sit or stand on while working



Medical Definition of staging

: the classification of the severity of a disease in distinct stages on the basis of established symptomatic criteria

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