Stay

Stay

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