, akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. stag
; cf. OF. estai
, F. étai
, 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.
Stay transitive verb
, F. étayer
to prop, fr. OF. estai
, F. étai
, a prop, probably fr. OD. stade
, a prop, akin to E. stead
; or cf. stay
a rope to support a mast. Cf. Staid
, v. i.
imperfect & past participle Stayed or Staid ; present participle & verbal noun Staying
- 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.
- 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.
- To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully.
She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
Nor bide the encounter of assailing eyes.
- 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.
All that may stay their minds from thinking that true which they heartly wish were false.
- To hinde to delay; to detain; to keep back.
Your ships are stayed at Venice.
This business staid me in London almost a week.
I was willing to stay my reader on an argument that appeared to me new.
- To remain for the purpose of; to wait for. "I stay dinner there."
- To cause to cease; to put an end to.
Stay your strife.
For flattering planets seemed to say
This child should ills of ages stay.
- (Engin.) To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
- (Naut.) To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
Stay intransitive verb
*163. See Stay
to hold up, prop.
- 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.
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.
- To continue in a state.
The flames augment, and stay
At their full height, then languish to decay.
- 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.
The father can not stay any longer for the fortune.
- To dwell; to tarry; to linger.
I must stay a little on one action.
- To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
I stay here on my bond.
Ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon.
Isa. xxx. 12.
- To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed. Archaic
Here my commission stays.
- To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well. Colloq.
- (Naut.) To change tack; as a ship.
Cf. OF. estai
, F. étai
support, and E. stay
a rope to support a mast.
- That which serves as a prop; a support. "My only strength and stay."
Trees serve as so many stays for their vines.
Lord Liverpool is the single stay of this ministry.
- pl. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
How the strait stays the slender waist constrain.
- 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.
Embrace the hero and his stay implore.
- Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
Made of sphere metal, never to decay
Until his revolution was at stay.
Affairs of state seemed rather to stand at a stay.
- Hindrance; let; check. Obs.
They were able to read good authors without any stay, if the book were not false.
Robynson (more's Utopia).
- Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. Obs. "Not grudging that thy lust hath bounds and stays."
The wisdom, stay, and moderation of the king.
With prudent stay he long deferred
The rough contention.
- (Engin.) Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.