Definitions of stay

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. stop or halt; " Please stay the bloodshed!"
  4. a trial of endurance; " ride out the storm"
  5. stay behind; " The smell stayed in the room"; " The hostility remained long after they made up"
  6. 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"
  7. 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"
  8. ( nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
  9. a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment ( e. g. a corset)
  10. 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"
  11. fasten with stays
  12. remain behind; " I had to stay at home and watch the children"
  13. stay put ( in a certain place); " We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"; " Stay put in the corner here!"; " Stick around and you will learn something!"
  14. stop a judicial process; " The judge stayed the execution order"
  15. dwell; " You can stay with me while you are in town"; " stay a bit longer-- the day is still young"
  16. 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.
  17. To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support.
  18. To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time.
  19. To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully.
  20. To hinde/; to delay; to detain; to keep back.
  21. To remain for the purpose of; to wait for.
  22. To cause to cease; to put an end to.
  23. To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
  24. To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
  25. To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still.
  26. To continue in a state.
  27. To wait; to attend; to forbear to act.
  28. To dwell; to tarry; to linger.
  29. To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
  30. To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed.
  31. To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well.
  32. To change tack; as a ship.
  33. That which serves as a prop; a support.
  34. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
  35. Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city.
  36. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
  37. Hindrance; let; check.
  38. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.
  39. Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.
  40. 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.
  41. To hold up or support; to sustain; hold back; to put off for a time; to stiffen or steady, as a mast, by ropes.
  42. To remain; as, to stay at home all day; abide for a time; as, to stay at a hotel; to stand still.
  43. Stayer.
  44. Stayed.
  45. Staying.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. Continuance; stop; delay; prop; support; rope supporting the mast of a ship.
  49. To remain; wait; cease acting; dwell.
  50. To stop; restrain; delay; prop; support.
  51. To stop; prop; post pone.
  52. To remain; tarry; halt.
  53. The act or time of staying.
  54. That which checks or stops.
  55. A prop; support.
  56. A stiffened bodice; corsets. To miss stays, to fail in attempting to tack.
  57. Continuance in a place; abode for a time; stand; stop; obstruction; fixed state; support; a large strong rope employed to support masts.
  58. To stop; to restrain; to delay; to obstruct; to abide; to keep from departure; to prop; to support.
  59. To remain; to continue in a place or a state; to wait; to stand still; to rest; to rely.
  60. 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.
  61. Continuance or abode in a place; a prop or support; in engin., a part in tension to hold parts together.
  62. 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.

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
  3. You can't stay there like that. – Barks and Purrs by Colette Willy, aka Colette Translated by Maire Kelly
  4. It must stay just as it is. – Not Quite Eighteen by Susan Coolidge
  5. Do stay, Dr. Anstice! – Afterwards by Kathlyn Rhodes
  6. Dick could not stay. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. Do let us stay where we are. – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  8. But you can't stay there very long, There's work for you to do. – All About Johnnie Jones by Carolyn Verhoeff
  9. Then let him stay. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope