Stay - (n.) 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.
Stay - (v. i.) To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support.
Stay - (v. i.) To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time.
Stay - (v. i.) To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully.
Stay - (v. i.) To hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold.
Stay - (v. i.) To hinde/; to delay; to detain; to keep back.
Stay - (v. i.) To remain for the purpose of; to wait for.
Stay - (v. i.) To cause to cease; to put an end to.
Stay - (v. i.) To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
Stay - (v. i.) To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
Stay - (v. i.) To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still.
Stay - (v. i.) To continue in a state.
Stay - (v. i.) To wait; to attend; to forbear to act.
Stay - (v. i.) To dwell; to tarry; to linger.
Stay - (v. i.) To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
Stay - (v. i.) To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed.
Stay - (v. i.) To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well.
Stay - (v. i.) To change tack; as a ship.
Stay - (n.) That which serves as a prop; a support.
Stay - (n.) A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
Stay - (n.) Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city.
Stay - (n.) Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
Stay - (n.) Hindrance; let; check.
Stay - (n.) Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.
Stay - (n.) Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.
Astay - (adv.) An anchor is said to be astay, when, in heaving it, an acute angle is formed between the cable and the surface of the water.
Backstay - (n.) A rope or stay extending from the masthead to the side of a ship, slanting a little aft, to assist the shrouds in supporting the mast.
Backstay - (n.) A rope or strap used to prevent excessive forward motion.
Bobstay - (n.) A rope or chain to confine the bowsprit of a ship downward to the stem or cutwater; -- usually in the pl.
Forestay - (n.) A large, strong rope, reaching from the foremast head to the bowsprit, to support the mast. See Illust. under Ship.
Jackstay - (n.) A rail of wood or iron stretching along a yard of a vessel, to which the sails are fastened.
Mainstay - (n.) The stay extending from the foot of the foremast to the maintop.
Mainstay - (n.) Main support; principal dependence.
Misstayed - (a.) Having missed stays; -- said of a ship.
Outstay - (v. t.) To stay beyond or longer than.
Overstayed - (imp. & p. p.) of Overstay
Overstaying - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Overstay
Overstay - (v. t.) To stay beyond the time or the limits of; as, to overstay the appointed time.
Stayed - (imp. & p. p.) of Stay
Staying - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Stay
Stayed - (a.) Staid; fixed; settled; sober; -- now written staid. See Staid.
Stayedly - (adv.) Staidly. See Staidly.
Stayedness - (n.) Staidness.
Stayedness - (n.) Solidity; weight.
Stayer - (n.) One who upholds or supports that which props; one who, or that which, stays, stops, or restrains; also, colloquially, a horse, man, etc., that has endurance, an a race.
Staylace - (n.) A lace for fastening stays.
Stayless - (a.) Without stop or delay.
Staymaker - (n.) One whose occupation is to make stays.
Staynil - (n.) The European starling.
Staysail - (n.) Any sail extended on a stay.
Stayship - (n.) A remora, -- fabled to stop ships by attaching itself to them.
Upstay - (v. t.) To sustain; to support.
Stay - —v. 1 continue in the same place or condition; not depart or change. 2 (often foll. By at, in, with) reside temporarily. 3 archaic or literary a stop or check. B (esp. In imper.) Pause. 4 postpone (judgement etc.). 5 assuage (hunger etc.), esp. Temporarily. —n. 1 act or period of staying. 2 suspension or postponement of a sentence, judgement, etc. 3 prop, support. 4 (in pl.) Hist. (esp. Boned) corset. stay the course endure to the end. Stay in remain indoors. Stay the night remain overnight. Stay put colloq. Remain where it is placed or where one is. Stay up not go to bed (until late). [anglo-french from latin sto stand: sense 3 of n. From french, formed as *stay2]
Stay - n. 1 naut. Rope or guy supporting a mast, flagstaff, etc. 2 supporting cable on an aircraft etc. [old english from germanic]
Mainstay - n. 1 chief support. 2 stay from the maintop to the foot of the foremast.
Outstay - v. Stay longer than (one's welcome etc.).
Overstay - v. Stay longer than (one's welcome etc.).
Stay-at-home - —attrib. Adj. Rarely going out. —n. Such a person.
Stayer - n. Person or animal with great endurance.
Staying power - n. Endurance.
Staysail - n. Sail extended on a stay.
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