• WordNet 3.6
    • v stake place a bet on "Which horse are you backing?","I'm betting on the new horse"
    • v stake kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole "the enemies were impaled and left to die"
    • v stake mark with a stake "stake out the path"
    • v stake tie or fasten to a stake "stake your goat"
    • v stake put at risk "I will stake my good reputation for this"
    • n stake a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground
    • n stake instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
    • n stake a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track) "a pair of posts marked the goal","the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"
    • n stake (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something "they have interests all over the world","a stake in the company's future"
    • n stake the money risked on a gamble
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eddie Arcaro, one of the greatest jockeys in horse race history, rode 250 losers before he won his first race. Ultimately, Arcaro won 4,779 races including five Derby winners, six in the Preakness, and six in the Belmont Stakes, on such famous horses as Whirlaway, Citation, and Kelso.
    • Stake A piece of wood, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a support or stay; as, a stake to support vines, fences, hedges, etc. "A sharpened stake strong Dryas found."
    • Stake A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, -- used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
    • Stake A stick inserted upright in a loop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
    • Stake (Mormon Ch) A territorial division; -- called also stake of Zion. "Every city, or “ stake ,” including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men."
    • Stake That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
    • Stake The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.
    • Stake To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
    • Stake To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out; as, to stake out land; to stake out a new road.
    • Stake To pierce or wound with a stake.
    • Stake To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge. "I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes in New York in 1919, to become the first horse to capture the Triple Crown. This was the first time that the Belmont Stakes had been run as part of thoroughbred racing's most prestigious trio of events. Sir Barton had already won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown -the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky and the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
    • n stake A stick of wood sharpened at one end and set in the ground, or prepared to be set in the ground, as part of a fence, as a boundary-mark, as a post to tether an animal to, or as a support for something, as a hedge, a vine, a tent, or a fishing-net.
    • n stake Specifically The post to which a person condemned to death by burning is bound: as, condemned to the stake; burned at the stake; also, a post to which a bear to be baited is tied.
    • n stake In leather manufacturing, a post on which a skin is stretched for currying or graining.
    • n stake A vertical bar fixed in a socket or in staples on the edge of the bed of a platform railway-car or of a vehicle, to secure the load from rolling off, or, when a loose substance, as gravel, etc., is carried, to hold in place boards which retain the load.
    • n stake A small anvil used for working in thin metal, as by tinsmiths: it appears to be so called because stuck into the bench by a sharp vertical prop pointed at the end.
    • stake To fasten to a stake; tether; also, to impale.
    • stake To support with stakes; provide with supporting stakes or poles: as, to stake vines.
    • stake To defend, barricade, or bar with stakes or piles.
    • stake To divide or lay off and mark with stakes or posts: with out or off: as, to stake off a site for a school-house; to stake out oyster-beds.
    • stake To stretch, scrape, and smooth (skins) by friction against the blunt edge of a semicircular knife fixed to the top of a short beam or post set upright.
    • n stake That which is placed at hazard as a wager; the sum of money or other valuable consideration which is deposited as a pledge or wager to be lost or won according to the issue of a contest or contingency.
    • n stake The prize in a contest of strength, skill, speed, or the like.
    • n stake An interest; something to gain or lose.
    • n stake The state of being laid or pledged as a wager; the state of being at hazard or in peril: preceded by at: as, his honor is at stake.
    • n stake The see or jurisdiction of a Mormon bishop.
    • stake To wager; put at hazard or risk upon a future contingency; venture.
    • n stake A Middle English form of stack.
    • n stake The ling.
    • n stake The post or arm which carries the fixed or stationary jaw of a riveting-machine, and holds up the rivet against the pressure which upsets the metal and forms the head.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stake stāk a strong stick pointed at one end: one of the upright pieces of a fence: a post to which an animal is tied, esp. that to which a martyr was tied to be burned: martyrdom: a tinsmith's anvil: anything pledged in a wager: a prize, anything to gain or lose
    • v.t Stake to fasten, or pierce with a stake: to mark the bounds of with stakes (often with off and out): to wager, to hazard
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  • Martin Luther
    “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
  • William Salter
    William Salter
    “As the essence of courage is to stake one's life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe that the possibility exists.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth.”
  • Madame De Rieux
    Madame De Rieux
    “Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.”
  • Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley
    “Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.”


Stake a claim - If you stake a claim to something, you announce that it belongs to you.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. staca, from the root of E. stick,; akin to OFries. & LG. stake, D. staak, Sw. stake, Dan. stage,. See Stick (v. t.), and cf. Estacade Stockade


In literature:

He escaped the stake only to be held a prisoner in Montreal.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
She went down to the boat, which was partly drawn up on the beach and fastened to a heavy stake.
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
It is blazed in the woods and staked on the plains.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
In a few minutes, a large stake was fixed in the ground, and piles of hickory poles were spread around it.
"Heroes and Hunters of the West" by Anonymous
And you put up no stakes?
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
But you needn't worry none, I've staked bad claims afore.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
There was once a king in Denmark named Rolf Stake; right famous is he among the kings of yore, foremost for liberality, daring, and courtesy.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
If two or more receive superior cards, the higher takes the stake.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
Drive a stake down here, Benny.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
In India he had a bad hand; but he was master of the game, and he won every stake.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

He started up and graspt a stake
And waited for his prey;
There came a lonely traveller
And Jaspar crost his way.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
Your naked new-born soul, their stake,
Stood blind between;
God said “let him that wins her take
And keep Faustine.”
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But they fail not, the kinglier breed,
Who starry diadems attain;
To dungeon, axe, and stake succeed
Heirs of the old heroic strain.
"Kossuth" by James Russell Lowell
The Indian to the stake is tied,
There is courage in his eye;
And a smile has curled his lip of pride,
As he speaks thus tauntingly:—
"The Indian Warrior" by Peter John Allan
'Here did Pierrette
Throw dice with destiny to pay love's debt,
Gay, kind, and fearless, without one regret
When the last stake was set.'
"The Last Room" by Bliss William Carman
For, even though cattle, like subjects, will break
At times from the yoke and the band,
Bill knows how to act when his rule is at stake,
And is therefore a lord of the land.
"Bill the Bullock-Driver" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Cyndy Violette belies the stereotypes and Makes Sexism Pay in the macho world of High-stakes poker.
Amazombie wins the Bing Crosby Stakes.
Amazombie returned to his best form in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr.
High stakes for Clinton, Obama.
Millions at stake in foreclosure battle.
Malibu Stakes winner Bob Black Jack is expected to be sidelined for several months.
Originally, a deal to buy a 25% stake and run the 183-bed Beacon Hospital for $22 million.
In Washington, the debate over the debt ceiling is the stuff of heated arguments, high-stakes brinksmanship and warnings that the global economy is teetering on edge.
Autumn is ready to stake its claim with overcast skies and wet weather.
Boisterous Looks to Add Another Stakes Win.
Comma to the Top, who won three stakes on two surfaces, including the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr.
Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr.
Indy Stakes on Saturday and retired to her birthplace on Sunday.
It appears that the family of Xi Jinping, almost certainly China's next official leader, own a large stake in one of China's rare earth companies.
High-stakes online gamble pays off.

In science:

The issue at stake is one of efficiency rather than accuracy, with HSTphot reducing data at the same or greater speed than DoPHOT.
WFPC2 Stellar Photometry with HSTphot
We can improve the running time of the algorithm by demanding that it also prunes it search in cases in which only a tiny count of n–tuples is at stake.
Fast Algorithms and Efficient Statistics: N-point Correlation Functions
So also are the international contributions to the LHC accelerator, but what is needed to give each region a truly crucial stake in the LC is beyond what was attempted at the LHC.
Linear Collider Workshop 2000 Summary
At stake is whether the strong relative phase between tree and penguin amplitudes is small (e.g., ) or large (e.g., ).
Conference Summary (5th Int. Conf. on Hyperons, Charm, and Beauty Hadrons)
As, with the increase of Kerr parameter, the inner sonic point branch shifts to the lower entropy region, the stability of both the shock and the disk is at stake.
Stability of accretion disk around rotating black holes: a pseudo-general-relativistic fluid dynamical study