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stay

noun \ ˈstā \

Definition of stay

1 :a large strong rope usually of wire used to support a mast
2 :1guy

Origin and Etymology of stay

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

Other Nautical Terms


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stay

verb

Definition of stay

transitive verb
1 :to secure upright with or as if with stays
2 :to incline (a mast) forward, aft, or to one side by the stays
intransitive verb
:to go about :tack

First Known Use of stay

1627


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stay

verb

Definition of stay

stayed play \ˈstād\ also staid play \ˈstād\; staying
intransitive verb
1 :to stop going forward :pause
2 :to stop doing something :cease
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
4 :to stand firm
5 :to take up residence :lodge
6 :to keep even in a contest or rivalry
  • stay with the leaders
7 :to call a poker bet without raising
8 obsolete :to be in waiting or attendance
transitive verb
1 :to wait for :await
2 :to stick or remain with (a race, a trial of endurance, etc.) to the end usually used in the phrase stay the course
3 :to remain during
  • stayed the whole time
4 a :to stop or delay the proceeding or advance of by or as if by interposing an obstacle :halt
b :to check the course of (something, such as a disease)
c :allay, pacify
  • stayed tempers
d :to quiet the hunger of temporarily

Origin and Etymology of stay

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

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

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stay

noun

Definition of stay

1 a :the action of halting :the state of being stopped
b :a stopping or suspension of procedure or execution by judicial or executive order
2 obsolete :self-control, moderation
3 :a residence or sojourn in a place
4 :capacity for endurance

First Known Use of stay

1536


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stay

noun

Definition of stay

1 :one that serves as a prop :support
2 :a thin firm strip (as of plastic) used for stiffening a garment or part (such as a shirt collar)
3 :a corset stiffened with bones usually used in plural

Origin and Etymology 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


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stay

verb

Definition of stay

transitive verb
1 :to provide physical or moral support for :sustain
2 :to fix on something as a foundation

First Known Use of stay

1548


STAY Defined for Kids

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stay

verb \ ˈstā \

Definition of stay for Students

stayed; staying
1 :to remain after others have gone
  • She stayed after the party to help.
2 :to continue unchanged
  • We stayed friends for many years.
3 :to stop going forward :pause
  • He instructed the dog to stay.
4 :to live for a while
  • I'm staying with friends.
  • We will stay at the shore for the summer.
5 :to put a stop to :halt
  • The governor stayed the execution.

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stay

noun

Definition of stay for Students

1 :a period of living in a place
  • Our stay in the country was too short.
2 :the action of bringing to a stop :the state of being stopped
  • a stay of the execution

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stay

noun

Definition of stay for Students

:a strong rope or wire used to steady or brace something (as a mast)

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stay

noun

Definition of stay for Students

2 :a thin firm strip (as of steel or plastic) used to stiffen a garment (as a corset) or part of a garment (as a shirt collar)

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stay

verb

Definition of stay for Students

stayed; staying
:to hold up
  • Supports stayed the sign.

Law Dictionary

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stay

transitive verb

legal Definition of stay

stayed; staying
:to temporarily suspend or prevent by judicial or executive order
  • may not grant an injunction to stay proceedings in a State court
  • U.S. Code

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stay

noun

legal Definition of stay

:a temporary suspension or injunction of an action or process by a usually discretionary judicial or executive order
  • a stay of execution of the judgment
  • stay of a lower court's judgment pending certiorari
  • —W. J. Brennan, Jr.
— see also automatic stay — compare cease-and-desist order at order 3b, mandamus, supersedeas


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