Definition and Meanings for stay

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Part of Speech of stay

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, adjective, intransitive verb

Etymology of stay

as. staeg, akin to d., g., icel., sw., & dan. stag; cf. of. estai, f. , of teutonic origin of. estayer, f. to prop, fr. of. estai, f. , a prop, probably fr. od. stade, staeye, a prop, akin to e. stead; or cf. stay a rope to support a mast. cf. staid, a., stay, v. i.pos stay to hold up, prop cf. of. estai, f. support, and e. stay a rope to support a mast

Meaning of stay


as noun

  • a large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to some part of the vessel. those which lead forward are called fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are called backstays. see illust. of ship.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, adjective, intransitive verb

  • to stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support.
  • to support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time.
  • to bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully.
  • to hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold.
  • to hinder; to delay; to detain; to keep back.
  • to remain for the purpose of; to wait for.
  • to cause to cease; to put an end to.
  • to fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
  • to tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.

as intransitive verb

  • to remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still.
  • to continue in a state.
  • to wait; to attend; to forbear to act.
  • to dwell; to tarry; to linger.
  • to rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
  • to come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed.
  • to hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well.
  • to change tack, as a ship.

as noun

  • that which serves as a prop; a support.
  • a corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
  • continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city.
  • cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
  • hindrance; let; check.
  • restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.
  • strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.
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