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Definition of Stay


  1. 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.
  2. To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support.
  3. To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time.
  4. To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully.
  5. To hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold.
  6. To hinde/; to delay; to detain; to keep back.
  7. To remain for the purpose of; to wait for.
  8. To cause to cease; to put an end to.
  9. To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
  10. To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
  11. To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still.
  12. To continue in a state.
  13. To wait; to attend; to forbear to act.
  14. To dwell; to tarry; to linger.
  15. To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
  16. To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed.
  17. To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well.
  18. To change tack; as a ship.
  19. That which serves as a prop; a support.
  20. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
  21. Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city.
  22. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
  23. Hindrance; let; check.
  24. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.
  25. Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.

Stay Quotations

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
Jack Canfield

I'm just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that's the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.
Tim Tebow

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
Bruce Lee

Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It's the best part of the day.
George Allen, Sr.

So many people prefer to live in drama because it's comfortable. It's like someone staying in a bad marriage or relationship - it's actually easier to stay because they know what to expect every day, versus leaving and not knowing what to expect.
Ellen DeGeneres
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Stay Translations

stay in Afrikaans is bly, verblyf
stay in Danish is forblive, ophold
stay in Dutch is logeren
stay in German is bleiben/aufhalten, Aufenthalt {m}, bleiben
stay in Italian is soggiorno
stay in Latin is commoror, remaneo, maneo, remaneo
stay in Portuguese is ficar, estada
stay in Spanish is estacionamiento, quedarse
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