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NOUN (5)

1. continuing or remaining in a place or state;
- Example: "they had a nice stay in Paris"
- Example: "a lengthy hospital stay"
- Example: "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"

2. the state of inactivity following an interruption;
- Example: "the negotiations were in arrest"
- Example: "held them in check"
- Example: "during the halt he got some lunch"
- Example: "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
- Example: "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
[syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage]

3. a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted;
- Example: "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an 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) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar;


VERB (11)

1. stay the same; remain in a certain state;
- Example: "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it"
- Example: "rest assured"
- Example: "stay alone"
- Example: "He remained unmoved by her tears"
- Example: "The bad weather continued for another week"
[syn: stay, remain, rest]

2. stay put (in a certain place);
- Example: "We are staying in Detroit we are not moving to Cincinnati";
- Example: "Stay put in the corner here!"
- Example: "Stick around and you will learn something!"
[syn: stay, stick, stick around, stay put]

3. dwell;
- Example: "You can stay with me while you are in town"
- Example: "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
[syn: bide, abide, stay]

4. continue in a place, position, or situation;
- Example: "After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser"
- Example: "Stay with me, please"
- Example: "despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year"
- Example: "She continued as deputy mayor for another year"
[syn: stay, stay on, continue, remain]

5. remain behind;
- Example: "I had to stay at home and watch the children"

6. stop or halt;
- Example: "Please stay the bloodshed!"
[syn: stay, detain, delay]

7. stay behind;
- Example: "The smell stayed in the room"
- Example: "The hostility remained long after they made up"
[syn: persist, remain, stay]

8. hang on during a trial of endurance;
- Example: "ride out the storm"
[syn: last out, stay, ride out, outride]

9. stop a judicial process;
- Example: "The judge stayed the execution order"

10. fasten with stays;

11. overcome or allay;
- Example: "quell my hunger"
[syn: quell, stay, appease]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stay \Stay\ (st[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stayed (st[=a]d) or Staid (st[=a]d); 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. [1913 Webster] Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side. --Ex. xvii. 12. [1913 Webster] Sallows and reeds . . . for vineyards useful found To stay thy vines. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time. [1913 Webster] He has devoured a whole loaf of bread and butter, and it has not staid his stomach for a minute. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully. [1913 Webster] She will not stay the siege of loving terms, Nor bide the encounter of assailing eyes. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold. [1913 Webster] Him backward overthrew and down him stayed With their rude hands and grisly grapplement. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] All that may stay their minds from thinking that true which they heartily wish were false. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 5. To hinder; to delay; to detain; to keep back. [1913 Webster] Your ships are stayed at Venice. --Shak. [1913 Webster] This business staid me in London almost a week. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] I was willing to stay my reader on an argument that appeared to me new. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 6. To remain for the purpose of; to wait for. "I stay dinner there." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. To cause to cease; to put an end to. [1913 Webster] Stay your strife. --Shak. [1913 Webster] For flattering planets seemed to say This child should ills of ages stay. --Emerson. [1913 Webster] 8. (Engin.) To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler. [1913 Webster] 9. (Naut.) To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind. [1913 Webster] To stay a mast (Naut.), to incline it forward or aft, or to one side, by the stays and backstays. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stay \Stay\ (st[=a]), n. [AS. staeg, 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. [1913 Webster] 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. --Totten. 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stay \Stay\ (st[=a]), 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. [1913 Webster] She would command the hasty sun to stay. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Stay, I command you; stay and hear me first. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] I stay a little longer, as one stays To cover up the embers that still burn. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. To continue in a state. [1913 Webster] The flames augment, and stay At their full height, then languish to decay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To wait; to attend; to forbear to act. [1913 Webster] I 'll tell thee all my whole device When I am in my coach, which stays for us. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The father can not stay any longer for the fortune. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 4. To dwell; to tarry; to linger. [1913 Webster] I must stay a little on one action. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist. [1913 Webster] I stay here on my bond. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon. --Isa. xxx. 12. [1913 Webster] 6. To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Here my commission stays. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 8. (Naut.) To change tack, as a ship. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Trees serve as so many stays for their vines. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Lord Liverpool is the single stay of this ministry. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men. [1913 Webster] How the strait stays the slender waist constrain. --Gay. [1913 Webster] 3. Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city. [1913 Webster] Make haste, and leave thy business and thy care; No mortal interest can be worth thy stay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Embrace the hero and his stay implore. --Waller. [1913 Webster] 4. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop. [1913 Webster] Made of sphere metal, never to decay Until his revolution was at stay. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Affairs of state seemed rather to stand at a stay. --Hayward. [1913 Webster] 5. Hindrance; let; check. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They were able to read good authors without any stay, if the book were not false. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] 6. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. [Obs.] "Not grudging that thy lust hath bounds and stays." --Herbert. [1913 Webster] The wisdom, stay, and moderation of the king. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] With prudent stay he long deferred The rough contention. --Philips. [1913 Webster] 7. (Engin.) Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

stay n 1: 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: 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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, 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 an 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) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar 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: stay, 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!"; "Stick around and you will learn something!" [syn: stay, stick, stick around, stay put] [ant: move] 3: dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young" [syn: bide, abide, stay] 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, stay on, continue, remain] 5: remain behind; "I had to stay at home and watch the children" [ant: depart, quit, take leave] 6: stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" [syn: stay, detain, delay] 7: stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up" [syn: persist, remain, stay] 8: hang on during a trial of endurance; "ride out the storm" [syn: last out, stay, ride out, outride] 9: stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution order" 10: fasten with stays 11: overcome or allay; "quell my hunger" [syn: quell, stay, appease]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

572 Moby Thesaurus words for "stay": abandon, abeyance, abide, abort, adhere, adjourn, advocate, afford support, afterthought, agglomerate, alpenstock, amnesty, anchor, arm, arrest, arrestation, athletic supporter, await, back, back up, backbone, backing, backpedal, backwater, bandeau, bar, be still, bear, bear up, bearer, bearing rein, belay, bell, berth, bide, bide the issue, billet at, bind, bit, bivouac, block, block up, blockade, blockage, bolster, bolster up, bottom, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, brake, brassiere, break, breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time, bring to, bring up short, bunch, bung, bunk, buoy up, bureaucratic delay, burrow, buttress, cable, caesura, camp, cancel, cane, carrier, carry, carry on, caulk, cease, cease not, cease-fire, cervix, chain, check, checkmate, checkrein, chink, chock, choke, choke off, choke up, cigarette break, clasp, cleave, clinch, cling, cling to, clip the wings, clog, clog up, clot, cluster, coagulate, coast, cocktail hour, coffee break, cohabit, cohere, colonize, column, come to anchor, confine, congeal, congest, conglomerate, constipate, continue, continue to be, cork, corselet, corset, countercheck, cover, cradle, crook, crutch, curb, curb bit, cushion, cut it out, cut short, cutoff, dally, dam, dam up, damper, dawdle, day off, dead stop, deadlock, debarment, decelerate, defeat time, defer, deferment, deferral, defy time, delay, delayage, delayed reaction, desist, detain, detention, deter, determent, deterrence, dillydally, discontinuance, discontinuation, discontinue, discourage, discouragement, domesticate, domicile, domiciliate, doorstop, doss down, double take, downtime, drag, drag on, drag out, drag sail, dragging, draw rein, drift anchor, drift sail, drogue, drop, drop anchor, drop it, dwell, ease off, ease up, embrace, end, endgame, ending, endure, enforced respite, ensconce, establish, establish residence, estoppel, exemption, exist, extend, fetter, fill, fill up, final whistle, foil, forbiddance, foreclosure, forestalling, forestay, foul, found, foundation garment, freeze, freeze to, fulcrum, full stop, gird, girdle, give over, give support, go along, go on, grasp, grinding halt, ground, grow together, gun, guy, guywire, halt, hamper, hang, hang about, hang around, hang fire, hang on, hang out, hang together, hang up, hang-up, happy hour, have done with, hesitation, hinder, hindrance, hive, hold, hold back, hold everything, hold in check, hold off, hold on, hold out, hold over, hold steady, hold together, hold up, hold your horses, holdback, holdup, holiday, hug, immunity, impede, impunity, indemnity, inhabit, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, intermittence, interrupt, interruption, interval, jam, jock, jockstrap, jog on, keep, keep afloat, keep back, keep going, keep house, keep on, keep quiet, keep up, knock it off, lag, lagging, lapse, last, last long, last out, lay aside, lay by, lay off, lay over, layoff, layover, leave off, lend support, let down, let up, letup, lie still, line, linger, live, live at, live on, live through, locate, lockout, lodge, logjam, loiter, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, lull, mainstay, maintain, maintainer, make late, mark time, martingale, mass, mast, moderate, moor, moratorium, move, neck, nest, never cease, nolle prosequi, non prosequitur, nonprosecution, not breathe, not stir, obstipate, obstruct, obstruction, obviation, occupy, pack, paperasserie, park, pause, pelham, people, perch, perdure, perennate, persist, pigeonhole, pillow, plug, plug up, populate, postpone, postponement, preclusion, predicate, prevail, prevent, prevention, procrastinate, prohibition, prolong, prop, prorogate, prorogue, protract, pull up, push aside, put aside, put off, put on ice, put paid to, quit, recess, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, reef, refrain, rein in, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, relax, relinquish, relocate, remain, remain motionless, remission, remora, renounce, repose, reprieve, reserve, reside, respite, rest, resting place, retard, retardance, retardation, rigging, room, roost, rope, run, run on, scotch, scrub, sea anchor, secure, set, set aside, set back, set by, set up housekeeping, set up shop, settle, settle down, shackle, shelve, shift off, shore, shore up, shoulder, shroud, sit down, sit tight, sit up, sit up for, sit-down strike, slack off, slack up, slacken, sleep on, slog on, slow, slow down, slow up, slow-up, slowdown, slowness, snaffle, sojourn, sojournment, solidify, spell, spile, spine, spoke, sprit, squat, staff, stagger on, stalemate, stall, stanch, stand, stand fast, stand firm, stand over, stand still, stand-down, standing rigging, standoff, standstill, stave, stave off, stay at, stay of execution, stay on, stay over, stay put, stay up, stay up for, stayover, stays, stem, stem the tide, stench, stick, stick around, stick fast, stick together, stiffener, stillstand, stop, stop cold, stop dead, stop over, stop short, stop up, stop-off, stopover, stoppage, stopper, stopping, stopple, strengthen, strengthener, stretch out, strike, strike root, stuff, stuff up, stymie, subsidize, subsist, subvention, support, supporter, surcease, survive, suspend, suspension, sustain, sustainer, sweat, sweat it out, sweat out, table, take a recess, take hold of, take in sail, take residence at, take root, take time, take up residence, tarry, tea break, tenant, terminate, throttle down, thwart, tide over, tie-up, time lag, time out, trammel, tread water, truce, underbrace, undergird, underlie, underpin, underpinning, underset, upbear, uphold, upholder, upkeep, vacation, visit, wait, wait a minute, wait and see, wait for, wait on, wait up for, waive, walking stick, walkout, watch, watch and wait, wear, work stoppage