• "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
    "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stay stay the same; remain in a certain state "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it","rest assured","stay alone","He remained unmoved by her tears","The bad weather continued for another week"
    • v stay stop or halt "Please stay the bloodshed!"
    • v stay overcome or allay "quell my hunger"
    • v stay fasten with stays
    • v stay stay put (in a certain place); we are not moving to Cincinnati" "We are staying in Detroit","Stay put in the corner here!","Stick around and you will learn something!"
    • v stay remain behind "I had to stay at home and watch the children"
    • v stay stop a judicial process "The judge stayed the execution order"
    • v stay hang on during a trial of endurance "ride out the storm"
    • v stay dwell "You can stay with me while you are in town","stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
    • v stay continue in a place, position, or situation "After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser","Stay with me, please","despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year","She continued as deputy mayor for another year"
    • v stay stay behind "The smell stayed in the room","The hostility remained long after they made up"
    • n stay continuing or remaining in a place or state "they had a nice stay in Paris","a lengthy hospital stay","a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"
    • n stay (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
    • n stay a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
    • n stay a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
    • n stay the state of inactivity following an interruption "the negotiations were in arrest","held them in check","during the halt he got some lunch","the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow","he spent the entire stop in his seat"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The sentry at Herculaneum stays at his post The sentry at Herculaneum stays at his post
Dad's Pants Stayed on the Bull's Horns 349 Dad's Pants Stayed on the Bull's Horns 349
The Undine queen asks Youri to stay The Undine queen asks Youri to stay
Little Swallow, Will You Not Stay with Me for One Night Little Swallow, Will You Not Stay with Me for One Night

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pigs have no sweat glands, which is why they stay in water or mud to keep cool
    • Stay A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men. "How the strait stays the slender waist constrain."
    • n Stay stā (Naut) 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.
    • Stay Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop. "Made of sphere metal, never to decay
      Until his revolution was at stay ."
      "Affairs of state seemed rather to stand at a stay ."
    • Stay Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city. "Make haste, and leave thy business and thy care;
      No mortal interest can be worth thy stay ."
      "Embrace the hero and his stay implore."
    • Stay Hindrance; let; check. "They were able to read good authors without any stay , if the book were not false."
    • Stay Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. "Not grudging that thy lust hath bounds and stays .""The wisdom, stay , and moderation of the king.""With prudent stay he long deferred
      The rough contention."
    • Stay (Engin) Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.
    • Stay That which serves as a prop; a support. "My only strength and stay .""Trees serve as so many stays for their vines.""Lord Liverpool is the single stay of this ministry."
    • Stay To bear up under; to endure; to support; to resist successfully. "She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
      Nor bide the encounter of assailing eyes."
    • Stay To cause to cease; to put an end to. "Stay your strife.""For flattering planets seemed to say
      This child should ills of ages stay ."
    • Stay (Naut) To change tack, as a ship.
    • Stay To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed . "Here my commission stays ."
    • Stay To continue in a state. "The flames augment, and stay At their full height, then languish to decay."
    • Stay To dwell; to tarry; to linger. "I must stay a little on one action."
    • Stay (Engin) To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
    • Stay To hinder; to delay; to detain; to keep back. "Your ships are stayed at Venice.""This business staid me in London almost a week.""I was willing to stay my reader on an argument that appeared to me new."
    • Stay To hold from proceeding; to withhold; to restrain; to stop; to hold. "Him backward overthrew and down him stayed With their rude hands and grisly grapplement.""All that may stay their minds from thinking that true which they heartily wish were false."
    • Stay To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well.
    • Stay To remain for the purpose of; to wait for. "I stay dinner there."
    • Stay To remain; to continue in a place; to abide fixed for a space of time; to stop; to stand still. "She would command the hasty sun to stay .""Stay , I command you; stay and hear me first.""I stay a little longer, as one stays To cover up the embers that still burn."
    • Stay To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist. "I stay here on my bond.""Ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon."
    • Stay To stop from motion or falling; to prop; to fix firmly; to hold up; to support. "Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side.""Sallows and reeds . . . for vineyards useful found
      To stay thy vines."
    • Stay To support from sinking; to sustain with strength; to satisfy in part or for the time. "He has devoured a whole loaf of bread and butter, and it has not staid his stomach for a minute."
    • Stay (Naut) To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
    • Stay To wait; to attend; to forbear to act. "I 'll tell thee all my whole device
      When I am in my coach, which stays for us."
      "The father can not stay any longer for the fortune."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Desert snails can stay in their shell for up to three years
    • n stay Nautical, a strong rope used to support a mast, and leading from the head of one mast down to some other, or to some part of the vessel. Those stays which lead forward are called fore and-aft stays, and those which lead down to the vessel's sides backstays. See cut under ship.
    • n stay A rope used for a similar purpose; a guy supporting the mast of a, derrick, a telegraphpole, or the like.
    • n stay In a chain-cable, the transverse piece in a link.
    • stay Naut: To incline forward, aft, or to one side by means of stays: as, to stay a mast.
    • stay To tack; put on the other tack: as, to stay ship.
    • stay Nautical, to change tack; go about; be in stays, as a ship.
    • n stay A prop; a support.
    • n stay Specifically— In building, a piece performing the office of a brace, to prevent the swerving or lateral deviation of the piece to which it is applied.
    • n stay In steam-engines: A rod, bar. bolt, or gusset in a boiler, to hold two parts together against the pressure of steam: as, a tube-stay; a water-space stay.
    • n stay One of the sling-rods connecting a locomotive-boiler to its frame.
    • n stay A rod, beneath the boiler, supporting the inside bearings of the crank-axle of a locomotive.
    • n stay In mining, a piece of wood used to secure the pump to an engine-shaft.
    • n stay In some hollow-castings, a spindle which forms a support for the core.
    • n stay In anatomy and zoology, technically, a prop or support: as, the bony stay of the operculum of a mail-cheeked fish, or cottoid. This is an enlarged suborbital bone which crosses the cheek and articulates with the præoperculum in the mail-cheeked fishes. See Cottoidea, Scleropariæ.
    • n stay plural A kind of waistcoat, stiffened with whalebone or other material, now worn chiefly by women and girls to support and give shape to the body, but formerly worn also by men. Stays were originally, as at present, made in two pieces laced together: hence the plural form. In composition the singular is always used: as, staylace, staymaker. See corset, 3.
    • n stay A fastening for a garment; hence, a hook; a clasp; anything to hang another thing on.
    • n stay That which holds or restrains; obstacle; check; hindrance; restraint.
    • n stay A stop; a halt; a break or cessation of action, motion, or progression: as, the court granted a stay.
    • n stay A standstill; a state of rest; entire cessation of motion or progress: used chiefly in the phrase at a stay.
    • n stay A fixed state; fixedness; stability; permanence.
    • n stay Continuance in a place; abode for an indefinite time; sojourn: as, you make a short stay in the city.
    • n stay A station or fixed anchorage for vessels.
    • n stay State; fixed condition.
    • n stay Restraint of passion; prudence; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety.
    • n stay Synonyms See staff.
    • n stay Pause, etc. See stop.
    • stay To prop; support; sustain; hold up; steady.
    • stay To stop. To detain; keep back; delay; hinder.
    • stay To restrain; withhold; check; stop.
    • stay To put off; defer; postpone; delay; keep back: as, to stay judgment.
    • stay To hold the attention of.
    • stay To stand; undergo; abide; hold out during.
    • stay To wait for; await.
    • stay To rest; depend; rely.
    • stay To stop. To come to a stand or stop.
    • stay To come to an end; cease.
    • stay To delay; linger; tarry; wait.
    • stay To make a stand; stand.
    • stay To hold out, as in a race or contest; last or persevere to the end.
    • stay To remain; especially, to remain in a place for an indefinite time; abide; sojourn; dwell; reside.
    • stay To wait; rest in patience or in expectation.
    • stay To wait as an attendant; give ceremonious or submissive attendance: with on or upon.
    • stay Synonyms To rest, lodge, delay.
    • stay In poker, to come in when an ante has been raised.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average stay for a prisoner on Alcatraz, when it was used as a prison, was five years
    • v.i Stay stā to remain: to abide for any time: to continue in a state: to wait: to cease acting: to dwell: to trust
    • v.t Stay to cause to stand: to stop: to restrain: to delay: to prevent from falling: to prop: to support, rest, rely:—pa.t. and pa.p. stayed, staid
    • n Stay continuance in a place: abode for a time: stand: stop: a fixed state: a standstill: suspension of a legal proceeding: prop, support:
    • n Stay stā a large strong rope running from the head of one mast to another mast ('fore-and-aft' stay), or to the side of the ship ('back'-stay): the transverse piece in a chain-cable link
    • v.t Stay to support or to incline to one side by means of stays: to put on the other tack, to cause to go about
    • v.i Stay to change tack, to go about, to be in stays
    • n Stay (pl.) a kind of stiff inner waistcoat worn by women
    • ***


  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller
    “Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.”
  • Stephen Vincent Benet
    Stephen Vincent Benet
    “Books are not men and yet they stay alive.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Constant change is here to stay.”
  • Phillips Brooks
    “Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Charity: a thing that begins at home, and usually stays there.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If one wants to get out and stay out of debt he should act his wage.”


If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estayer, F. étayer, to prop, fr. OF. estai, F. étai, a prop, probably fr. OD. stade, staeye, a prop, akin to E. stead,; or cf. stay, a rope to support a mast. Cf. Staid (a.) Stay (v. i.)


In literature:

I began to think they would have to stay out all night.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Shall we ask him to stay?
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
You will stay with me, love, won't you?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
That kid, long's he stays under my roof, is goin' t' be fit t' stay.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
I don't want to stay on this old hulk, and I'm not going to stay.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
I stayed there for ever so long.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
You shall stay in your father's house while your mother needs you.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
A short sketch of my stay at Alnwick may not be out of place.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
She stayed, and in her fifth week she received the reward of her staying.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It brings the vessel more under command for sudden evolution, wearing, or staying.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

"He's crying, mother: don't you see
He wants to stay with you?"
"No, child; he does not care for me."
"Do keep him, mother—do."
"A Dream of Waking" by George MacDonald
In Bethany there dwelt a maid,
And she was young and very fair;
'Twas at her house that Jesus stayed,
And loved to stay, when he was there.
"To Mary" by David John Scott
"O stay, my only true love, stay!"
The constant Margret cried:
Wan grew her cheeks, she closed her een,
Stretched her saft limbs, and died.
"Sweet William's Ghost" by Henry Morley
She fleets, she sails away; as grey
mist before the wind!--and, wilt thou
not stay, my love? Stay and behold
my tears? fair thou appearest, my love!
fair thou wast, when alive!
"Fragment II" by James Macpherson
Visions of childhood! Stay, O stay!
Ye were so sweet and wild!
And distant voices seemed to say,
"It cannot be! They pass away!
Other themes demand thy lay;
Thou art no more a child!
"Voices Of The Night : Prelude" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I stay not to gather the lone one to earth,
I spare not the young in their gay dance of mirth,
But I sweep them all on to their home in the grave,
I stop not to pity — I stay not to save.
"Feats of Death" by Lucretia Maria Davidson

In news:

I don't know how long they're staying around, but there are a lot of them, and they are fun to watch pelicans are visiting Bandon .
FansEdge parent stays in the game with a new line of bank credit .
"I started writing plays in high school and I thought I'd stay with that," says Amelia Curran.
Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello has reached a plea deal for a 22-month suspended sentence for match-fixing after admitting that he scored an own-goal to help Lecce stay in Serie A.
Browse our photos below—and stay classy, Chicago.
One family stays snug in their reinforced house.
How to stay fit and healthy this weekend.
Polo Is Back In Bridgehampton And Here To Stay.
People urged to stay away from lakefront.
Alex Rodriguez's slump continues, but he'll stay put in Yankees' batting order .
"At first, they were just going to have us stay in the bay (Little Bay de Noc)," said McGuire.
Many Missouri state workers will be allowed to stay home the day after Thanksgiving for the first time in two years.
Will President Obama stay on the ballot in Kansas.
Wahkiakum County's Inn at Lucky Mud is closer to Astoria than Seattle, but just why would one want to stay in a bed-and-breakfast in Seattle.
A stay at Canton's Inn at 2920 is so much like rooming in an upscale SoHo (NYC or London, take your pick) hotel that it's truly a vacation right here in town.

In science:

If the selected site does not belong to the cluster, the random walker stays at the same site and no jump takes place.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
Note that E (ds(i, n)k ) stays bounded (in fact converges) as n → ∞, for every k ∈ N and s ∈ S .
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
If the walk starts in I then it stays there, so we have a Markov chain on I with transition matrix given by (1) for s, t ∈ I .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
During each step of the discrete random walk, the walker either moves to one of the neighboring sites, or stays fixed, or is removed.
An Efficient Modified "Walk On Spheres" Algorithm for the Linearized Poisson-Boltzmann Equation
For certain “reflectable” walk-types, we can count the number of k -step walks between two points of a lattice, staying within a Weyl chamber.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval