Pronunciation: stā
n.1.(Naut.) 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.
In stays
(Naut.) in the act or situation of staying, or going about from one tack to another.
Stay holes
(Naut.) openings in the edge of a staysail through which the hanks pass which join it to the stay.
- R. H. Dana, Jr.
Stay tackle
(Naut.) a tackle attached to a stay and used for hoisting or lowering heavy articles over the side.
To miss stays
(Naut.) to fail in the attempt to go about.
Triatic stay
(Naut.) a rope secured at the ends to the heads of the foremast and mainmast with thimbles spliced to its bight into which the stay tackles hook.
- Totten.
v. t.1.To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support.
[imp. & p. p. Stayed (stād) or Staid (stād); p. pr. & vb. n. Staying.]
2.To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time.
3.To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully.
4.To hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold.
5.To hinder; to delay; to detain; to keep back.
6.To remain for the purpose of; to wait for.
7.To cause to cease; to put an end to.
Stay your strife.
- Shak.
8.(Engin.) To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
9.(Naut.) To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
To stay a mast
(Naut.) to incline it forward or aft, or to one side, by the stays and backstays.
v. i.1.To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still.
She would command the hasty sun to stay.
- Spenser.
Stay, I command you; stay and hear me first.
- Dryden.
2.To continue in a state.
3.To wait; to attend; to forbear to act.
4.To dwell; to tarry; to linger.
I must stay a little on one action.
- Dryden.
5.To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
I stay here on my bond.
- Shak.
6.To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed.
7.To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well.
8.(Naut.) To change tack, as a ship.
n.1.That which serves as a prop; a support.
Lord Liverpool is the single stay of this ministry.
- Coleridge.
2.A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
3.Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city.
Embrace the hero and his stay implore.
- Waller.
4.Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
Affairs of state seemed rather to stand at a stay.
- Hayward.
5.Hindrance; let; check.
They were able to read good authors without any stay, if the book were not false.
- Robynson (More's Utopia).
6.Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.
The wisdom, stay, and moderation of the king.
- Bacon.
7.(Engin.) Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.
Stay bolt
(Mech.) a bolt or short rod, connecting opposite plates, so as to prevent them from being bulged out when acted upon by a pressure which tends to force them apart, as in the leg of a steam boiler.
Stay busk
a stiff piece of wood, steel, or whalebone, for the front support of a woman's stays. Cf. Busk.
Stay rod
a rod which acts as a stay, particularly in a steam boiler.
Noun1.stay - 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"
2.stay - 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"
3.stay - 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"
4.stay - (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
5.stay - a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
Verb1.stay - 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"
Synonyms: remain, rest
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
2.stay - 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!"
move - change residence, affiliation, or place of employment; "We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"; "The basketball player moved from one team to another"
3.stay - dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
Synonyms: abide, bide
4.stay - 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"
Synonyms: stay on, remain, continue
5.stay - remain behind; "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
take leave, quit, depart - go away or leave
6.stay - stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
Synonyms: detain, delay
7.stay - stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"
Synonyms: persist, remain
8.stay - a trial of endurance; "ride out the storm"
9.stay - stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution order"
10.stay - fasten with stays
11.stay - overcome or allay; "quell my hunger"
Synonyms: appease, quell
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stave in
Stave jointer
stave off
stave wood
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stay at
stay away
Stay bolt
Stay busk
stay fresh
Stay holes
stay in place
stay of execution
stay off
stay on
stay over
stay put
Stay rod
Stay tackle
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