stay of execution

Definition of stay of execution

  1. :  an order that temporarily stops an execution The court issued a stay of execution.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  guy

  1. :  to secure upright with or as if with stays

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

    :  to go about :  tack

  1. :  to stop going forward :  pause

    :  to stop doing something :  cease

    :  to continue in a place or condition :  remain

  1. :  the action of halting :  the state of being stopped

    :  a stopping or suspension of procedure or execution by judicial or executive order

    :  self-control, moderation

  1. :  one that serves as a prop :  support

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

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

    :  to fix on something as a foundation

executionplay
  1. :  the act or process of executing :  performance

    :  a putting to death especially as a legal penalty

    :  the process of enforcing a legal judgment (as against a debtor)


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