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Definitions of stay

  1. To remain; to continue in a place or a state; to wait; to stand still; to rest; to rely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To hold up or support; to sustain; hold back; to put off for a time; to stiffen or steady, as a mast, by ropes. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To cause to stand: to stop: to restrain: to delay: to prevent from falling: to prop: to support:-pa.t. and pa.p. staid, stayed. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To stop; restrain; delay; prop; support. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To stop; prop; post pone. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To remain; as, to stay at home all day; abide for a time; as, to stay at a hotel; to stand still. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To remain; wait; cease acting; dwell. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. continue in a place, position, or situation; "After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser"; "Stay with me, please"; "despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year"; "She continued as deputy mayor for another year" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. stay the same; remain in a certain state; "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it"; "rest assured"; "stay alone"; "He remained unmoved by her tears"; "The bad weather continued for another week" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. fasten with stays Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. remain behind; "I had to stay at home and watch the children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution order" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To hinde/; to delay; to detain; to keep back. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To remain for the purpose of; to wait for. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. To cause to cease; to put an end to. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. To continue in a state. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. To wait; to attend; to forbear to act. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. To dwell; to tarry; to linger. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. To change tack; as a ship. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. That which serves as a prop; a support. Newage Dictionary DB
  32. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men. Newage Dictionary DB
  33. Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city. Newage Dictionary DB
  34. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop. Newage Dictionary DB
  35. Hindrance; let; check. Newage Dictionary DB
  36. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. Newage Dictionary DB
  37. Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them. Newage Dictionary DB
  38. To remain; tarry; halt. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. To stop; to restrain; to delay; to obstruct; to abide; to keep from departure; to prop; to support. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. To delay; to obstruct; to keep from departure; to repress; to remain or continue in a place; to wait; to forbear to act; to stop; to stand still; to rely; to prop or hold up. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. Staying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  42. A stiffened bodice; corsets. To miss stays, to fail in attempting to tack. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  44. continuing or remaining in a place or state; "they had a nice stay in Paris"; "a lengthy hospital stay"; "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  45. (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  46. a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  47. a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted; "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  48. A large, strong rope, usually of wire, which supports a mast; a prop; abode or continuance in a place; as, he made a long stay in Paris; a stand or stop; as, a stay of judgment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. Stayer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. Continuance in a place: abode for a time: stand: stop: a fixed state: (B.) a stand-still: prop: support: (naut.) a large strong rope running from the head of one mast to another mast ("fore-and-aft" stay), or to the side of the ship ("back"-stay):-pl. a kind of stiff inner waistcoat worn by women. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. Continuance; stop; delay; prop; support; rope supporting the mast of a ship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  52. The act or time of staying. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. That which checks or stops. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. A prop; support. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. Continuance in a place; abode for a time; stand; stop; obstruction; fixed state; support; a large strong rope employed to support masts. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. In a ship, a strong rope extended from the head of a mast down to some part of the vessel in order to give it support-the stays of a ship are distinguished by different names. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  57. Continuance or abode in a place; a prop or support; in engin., a part in tension to hold parts together. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  58. Stayed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for stay

  1. I may stay all night. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
  2. All right, said I, stay where you are. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
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