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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stay  \Stay\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Stayed}or  {Staid};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Staying}.]  [OF.  estayer,  F.  ['e]tayer  to  prop,  fr 
  OF  estai,  F.  ['e]tai,  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.] 
  1.  To  stop  from  motion  or  falling;  to  prop;  to  fix  firmly;  to 
  hold  up  to  support. 
  Aaron  and  Hur  stayed  up  his  hands,  the  one  on  the 
  one  side  and  the  other  on  the  other  side  --Ex. 
  xvii.  12. 
  Sallows  and  reeds  .  .  .  for  vineyards  useful  found 
  To  stay  thy  vines.  --Dryden. 
  2.  To  support  from  sinking;  to  sustain  with  strength;  to 
  satisfy  in  part  or  for  the  time. 
  He  has  devoured  a  whole  loaf  of  bread  and  butter, 
  and  it  has  not  staid  his  stomach  for  a  minute.  --Sir 
  W.  Scott. 
  3.  To  bear  up  under  to  endure;  to  support;  to  resist 
  She  will  not  stay  the  siege  of  loving  terms,  Nor 
  bide  the  encounter  of  assailing  eyes.  --Shak. 
  4.  To  hold  from  proceeding;  to  withhold;  to  restrain;  to 
  stop;  to  hold 
  Him  backward  overthrew  and  down  him  stayed  With 
  their  rude  hands  grisly  grapplement.  --Spenser. 
  All  that  may  stay  their  minds  from  thinking  that 
  true  which  they  heartly  wish  were  false.  --Hooker. 
  5.  To  hinde?;  to  delay;  to  detain;  to  keep  back 
  Your  ships  are  stayed  at  Venice.  --Shak. 
  This  business  staid  me  in  London  almost  a  week. 
  I  was  willing  to  stay  my  reader  on  an  argument  that 
  appeared  to  me  new  --Locke. 
  6.  To  remain  for  the  purpose  of  to  wait  for  ``I  stay  dinner 
  there.''  --Shak. 
  7.  To  cause  to  cease;  to  put  an  end  to 
  Stay  your  strife.  --Shak. 
  For  flattering  planets  seemed  to  say  This  child 
  should  ills  of  ages  stay.  --Emerson. 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stay  \Stay\,  n.  [AS.  st[ae]g,  akin  to  D.,  G.,  Icel.,  Sw.,  &  Dan. 
  stag;  cf  OF  estai,  F.  ['e]tai,  of  Teutonic  origin.]  (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},  or  {Hove  in  stays}  (Naut.),  in  the  act  or 
  situation  of  staying,  or  going  about  from  one  tack  to 
  another.  --R.  H.  Dana,  Jr 
  {Stay  holes}  (Naut.),  openings  in  the  edge  of  a  staysail 
  through  which  the  hanks  pass  which  join  it  to  the  stay. 
  {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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stay  \Stay\,  n.  [Cf.  OF  estai,  F.  ['e]tai  support,  and  E.  stay 
  a  rope  to  support  a  mast.] 
  1.  That  which  serves  as  a  prop;  a  support.  ``My  only  strength 
  and  stay.''  --Milton. 
  Trees  serve  as  so  many  stays  for  their  vines. 
  Lord  Liverpool  is  the  single  stay  of  this  ministry. 
  2.  pl  A  corset  stiffened  with  whalebone  or  other  material, 
  worn  by  women,  and  rarely  by  men. 
  How  the  strait  stays  the  slender  waist  constrain. 
  3.  Continuance  in  a  place  abode  for  a  space  of  time; 
  sojourn;  as  you  make  a  short  stay  in  this  city. 
  Make  haste,  and  leave  thy  business  and  thy  care  No 
  mortal  interest  can  be  worth  thy  stay.  --Dryden. 
  Embrace  the  hero  and  his  stay  implore.  --Waller. 
  4.  Cessation  of  motion  or  progression;  stand  stop. 
  Made  of  sphere  metal,  never  to  decay  Until  his 
  revolution  was  at  stay.  --Milton. 
  Affairs  of  state  seemed  rather  to  stand  at  a  stay. 
  5.  Hindrance;  let  check.  [Obs.] 
  They  were  able  to  read  good  authors  without  any 
  stay,  if  the  book  were  not  false.  --Robynson 
  6.  Restraint  of  passion;  moderation;  caution;  steadiness; 
  sobriety.  [Obs.]  ``Not  grudging  that  thy  lust  hath  bounds 
  and  stays.''  --Herbert. 
  The  wisdom,  stay,  and  moderation  of  the  king. 
  With  prudent  stay  he  long  deferred  The  rough 
  contention.  --Philips. 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stay  \Stay\,  v.  i.  [[root]163.  See  {Stay}  to  hold  up  prop.] 
  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 
  I  stay  a  little  longer,  as  one  stays  To  cover  up  the 
  embers  that  still  burn.  --Longfellow. 
  2.  To  continue  in  a  state. 
  The  flames  augment,  and  stay  At  their  full  height, 
  then  languish  to  decay.  --Dryden. 
  3.  To  wait;  to  attend;  to  forbear  to  act 
  I'll  tell  thee  all  my  whole  device  When  I  am  in  my 
  coach,  which  stays  for  us  --Shak. 
  The  father  can  not  stay  any  longer  for  the  fortune. 
  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. 
  Ye  despise  this  word  and  trust  in  oppression  and 
  perverseness,  and  stay  thereon.  --Isa.  xxx. 
  6.  To  come  to  an  end  to  cease;  as  that  day  the  storm 
  stayed.  [Archaic] 
  Here  my  commission  stays.  --Shak. 
  7.  To  hold  out  in  a  race  or  other  contest;  as  a  horse  stays 
  well  [Colloq.] 
  8.  (Naut.)  To  change  tack;  as  a  ship. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  continuing  or  remaining  in  a  place  "they  had  a  nice  stay  in 
  2:  the  state  of  inactivity  following  an  interruption;  "the 
  negotiations  were  in  arrest";  "held  them  in  check"; 
  "during  the  halt  he  got  some  lunch";  "he  spent  the  entire 
  stay  in  his  room"  [syn:  {arrest},  {check},  {halt},  {hitch}, 
  {stop},  {stoppage}] 
  3:  a  judicial  order  forbidding  some  action  until  an  event 
  occurs  or  the  order  is  lifted;  "the  Supreme  Court  has  the 
  power  to  stay  and  injunction  pending  an  appeal  to  the 
  whole  Court" 
  4:  a  thin  strip  of  metal  or  bone  that  is  used  to  stiffen  a 
  garment  (e.g.  a  corset) 
  5:  (nautical)  a  heavy  rope  or  wire  cable  used  as  a  support  for 
  a  mast  or  spar 
  6:  the  act  of  stopping  (usually  stopping  motion);  "the  heart 
  was  in  arrest";  "war  caused  a  check  in  the  company's 
  growth";  "the  momentary  stay  enabled  him  to  escape  the 
  blow"  [syn:  {arrest},  {check}] 
  v  1:  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" 
  [syn:  {remain},  {rest}]  [ant:  {change}] 
  2:  stay  put  (in  a  certain  place);  "We  are  staying  in  Detroit; 
  we  are  not  moving  to  Cincinnati";  "Stay  put  in  the  corner 
  here!"  [syn:  {stick},  {stick  around},  {stay  put}]  [ant:  {move}] 
  3:  dwell  (archaic);  "You  can  stay  with  me  while  you  are  in 
  town";  "stay  a  bit  longer--the  day  is  still  young"  [syn:  {bide}, 
  4:  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"  [syn:  {stay  on}, 
  {continue},  {remain}] 
  5:  remain  behind;  "I  had  to  stay  at  home  and  watch  the 
  children"  [ant:  {depart}] 
  6:  stop  or  halt;  "Please  stay  the  bloodshed!"  [syn:  {detain},  {delay}] 
  7:  stay  behind;  "The  smell  stayed  in  the  room";  "The  hostility 
  remained  long  after  they  made  up"  [syn:  {persist},  {remain}] 
  8:  a  trial  of  endurance;  "ride  out  the  storm"  [syn:  {last  out}, 
  {ride  out},  {outride}] 
  9:  stop  a  judicial  process:  "The  judge  stayed  the  execution 
  10:  fasten  with  stays 
  11:  overcome  or  allay;  "quell  my  hunger"  [syn:  {quell},  {appease}] 

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