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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

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen

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

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.
Ray Bradbury

I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.

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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