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Definition of STAGE

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Stage \Stage\ (st[=a]j), n. [OF. estage, F. ['e]tage, (assumed) LL. staticum, from L. stare to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {Static}.]
     1. A floor or story of a house. [Obs.] --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

     2. An elevated platform on which an orator may speak, a play be performed, an exhibition be presented, or the like. [1913 Webster]

     3. A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, or the like; a scaffold; a staging. [1913 Webster]

     4. A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf. [1913 Webster]

     5. The floor for scenic performances; hence, the theater; the playhouse; hence, also, the profession of representing dramatic compositions; the drama, as acted or exhibited. [1913 Webster]

              Knights, squires, and steeds, must enter on the stage.                                --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              Lo! where the stage, the poor, degraded stage, Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age. --C. Sprague. [1913 Webster]

     6. A place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of any noted action or career; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs; as, politicians must live their lives on the public stage. [1913 Webster +PJC]

              When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools.         --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Music and ethereal mirth
              Wherewith the stage of air and earth did ring.
                                                    --Miton. [1913 Webster]

     7. The platform of a microscope, upon which an object is placed to be viewed. See Illust. of {Microscope}. [1913 Webster]

     8. A place of rest on a regularly traveled road; a stage house; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses. [1913 Webster]

     9. A degree of advancement in a journey; one of several portions into which a road or course is marked off; the distance between two places of rest on a road; as, a stage of ten miles. [1913 Webster]

              A stage . . . signifies a certain distance on a road.                                 --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]

              He traveled by gig, with his wife, his favorite horse performing the journey by easy stages.
                                                    --Smiles. [1913 Webster]

     10. A degree of advancement in any pursuit, or of progress toward an end or result. [1913 Webster]

               Such a polity is suited only to a particular stage in the progress of society.          --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     11. A large vehicle running from station to station for the accommodation of the public; a stagecoach; an omnibus. "A parcel sent you by the stage." --Cowper. [Obsolescent] [1913 Webster]

               I went in the sixpenny stage.        --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     12. (Biol.) One of several marked phases or periods in the development and growth of many animals and plants; as, the larval stage; pupa stage; zoea stage. [1913 Webster]

     {Stage box}, a box close to the stage in a theater.

     {Stage carriage}, a stagecoach.

     {Stage door}, the actors' and workmen's entrance to a theater.

     {Stage lights}, the lights by which the stage in a theater is illuminated.

     {Stage micrometer}, a graduated device applied to the stage of a microscope for measuring the size of an object.

     {Stage wagon}, a wagon which runs between two places for conveying passengers or goods.

     {Stage whisper}, a loud whisper, as by an actor in a theater, supposed, for dramatic effect, to be unheard by one or more of his fellow actors, yet audible to the audience; an aside. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Stage \Stage\ (st[=a]j), v. t.
     To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

284 Moby Thesaurus words for "stage":
     Broadway, L, R, acting, acting area, agora, amphitheater, apron, apron stage, arena, athletic field, auditorium, autobus, back, backdrop, background, backstage, balcony, band, band shell, bandstand, be a gas, be a hit, bear garden, bed, bedding, belt, bill, board, boards, bomb, bowl, boxing ring, bridge, bring out, bull ring, burlesque, bus, cab, campus, canvas, carnival, caste, catafalque, chartered bus, circus, class, cockpit, coliseum, colosseum, concoct, condition, contrive, couche, coulisse, course, dais, day, deck, devise, diligence, distance, division, do, dock, double-decker, drama, dramatize, dressing room, echafaudage, echelon, emplacement, entertainment industry, estrade, execute, exhibit, fail, fake, fateful moment, feature, field, flies, floor, flop, fly floor, fly gallery, footing, footlights, forestage, forum, gallery, give, grade, greenroom, grid, gridiron, ground, gym, gymnasium, hack, hall, headline, heliport, hierarchy, hinterland, hippodrome, hired car, hour, hustings, instant, interval, jitney, juncture, kairos, landing, landing pad, landing stage, lap, launching pad, layer, ledge, legit, legitimate stage, level, lightboard, lists, locale, mail coach, make a hit, make up, manipulate, marketplace, mat, measures, melodramatize, milieu, minute, mise-en-scene, moment, moment of truth, motor coach, motorbus, mount, notch, off Broadway, off-off-Broadway, omnibus, open, open a show, open forum, orchestra, orchestra pit, order, organize, originate, overlayer, overstory, palaestra, parade ground, perform, performing area, period, phase, pit, place, platform, play, playland, podium, point, position, post coach, power structure, precedence, precinct, pregnant moment, premiere, present, preview, prize ring, produce, proscenium, proscenium stage, psychological moment, public square, pulpit, purlieu, put on, range, rank, rate, rating, rear, repertory drama, ring, rostrum, rung, scaffold, scaffolding, scenarize, scene, scene of action, scenery, seam, season, set the stage, setting, shelf, shell, show, show biz, show business, site, situation, soapbox, space, span, spell, sphere, spot, squared circle, stadium, stage left, stage right, stage set, stage setting, stage world, stagecoach, stagedom, stageland, staging, standing, star, station, status, step, step terrace, stock, story, stratum, strawhat, strawhat circuit, stretch, stump, substratum, succeed, summer stock, superstratum, switchboard, taxi, taxicab, terrace, terrain, the boards, the footlights, the scenes, the stage, the theater, theater, theater world, theatricalize, theatromania, theatrophobia, thickness, tier, tilting ground, tiltyard, time, time lag, topsoil, tribunal, tribune, trump up, try out, underlayer, understory, understratum, variety, vaudeville, walk, while, wings, wrestling ring, zone


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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