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Definitions of stay

  1. overcome or allay; " quell my hunger"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. stop or halt; " Please stay the bloodshed!"
  5. a trial of endurance; " ride out the storm"
  6. stay behind; " The smell stayed in the room"; " The hostility remained long after they made up"
  7. 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"
  8. 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"
  9. ( nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
  10. a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment ( e. g. a corset)
  11. 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"
  12. fasten with stays
  13. remain behind; " I had to stay at home and watch the children"
  14. 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!"
  15. stop a judicial process; " The judge stayed the execution order"
  16. dwell; " You can stay with me while you are in town"; " stay a bit longer-- the day is still young"
  17. 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.
  18. To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support.
  19. To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time.
  20. To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully.
  21. To hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold.
  22. To hinde/; to delay; to detain; to keep back.
  23. To remain for the purpose of; to wait for.
  24. To cause to cease; to put an end to.
  25. To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
  26. To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
  27. To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still.
  28. To continue in a state.
  29. To wait; to attend; to forbear to act.
  30. To dwell; to tarry; to linger.
  31. To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
  32. To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed.
  33. To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well.
  34. To change tack; as a ship.
  35. That which serves as a prop; a support.
  36. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
  37. Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city.
  38. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
  39. Hindrance; let; check.
  40. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.
  41. Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.
  42. 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.
  43. To hold up or support; to sustain; hold back; to put off for a time; to stiffen or steady, as a mast, by ropes.
  44. To remain; as, to stay at home all day; abide for a time; as, to stay at a hotel; to stand still.
  45. Stayer.
  46. Stayed.
  47. Staying.
  48. The bar of the horse's hoof.
  49. To remain: to abide for any time: to continue in a state: to wait: to cease acting: to dwell: to trust.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. Continuance; stop; delay; prop; support; rope supporting the mast of a ship.
  53. To remain; wait; cease acting; dwell.
  54. To stop; restrain; delay; prop; support.
  55. To stop; prop; post pone.
  56. To remain; tarry; halt.
  57. The act or time of staying.
  58. That which checks or stops.
  59. A prop; support.
  60. A stiffened bodice; corsets. To miss stays, to fail in attempting to tack.
  61. Continuance in a place; abode for a time; stand; stop; obstruction; fixed state; support; a large strong rope employed to support masts.
  62. To stop; to restrain; to delay; to obstruct; to abide; to keep from departure; to prop; to support.
  63. To remain; to continue in a place or a state; to wait; to stand still; to rest; to rely.
  64. 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.
  65. Continuance or abode in a place; a prop or support; in engin., a part in tension to hold parts together.
  66. 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.
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Usage examples for stay

  1. You will not stay – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  2. So you stay again with your father! – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  3. I will stay away. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  4. I may stay all night. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
  5. I'll stay down here. – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  6. Dick could not stay – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. Mr. Ditmar asked me to stay that was all. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  8. Can she stay here? – The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  9. " Then I will stay here," she said. – Moon of Israel by H. Rider Haggard
  10. But you can't stay there very long, There's work for you to do. – All About Johnnie Jones by Carolyn Verhoeff
  11. The old woman can stay with him." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. It must stay just as it is. – Not Quite Eighteen by Susan Coolidge
  13. I knew you could not stay – The Double-Dealer by William Congreve
  14. I want to stay here so that I may be with you. – King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays by Floyd Dell
  15. You can't stay there like that. – Barks and Purrs by Colette Willy, aka Colette Translated by Maire Kelly
  16. Do stay Dr. Anstice! – Afterwards by Kathlyn Rhodes
  17. 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
  18. I shall not stay there all the time. – Haste and Waste by Oliver Optic
  19. Do let us stay where we are. – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  20. Then let him stay – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
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