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Webster 1913 Edition


Stage

Stage

(stāj)
,
Noun.
[OF.
estage
, F.
étage
, (assumed) LL.
staticum
, from L.
stare
to stand. See
Stand
, and cf.
Static
.]
1.
A floor or story of a house.
[Obs.]
Wyclif.
2.
An elevated platform on which an orator may speak, a play be performed, an exhibition be presented, or the like.
3.
A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, or the like; a scaffold; a staging.
4.
A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf.
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.
Knights, squires, and steeds, must enter on the
stage
.
Pope.
Lo! where the
stage
, the poor, degraded
stage
,
Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age.
C. Sprague.
When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great
stage
of fools.
Shakespeare
Music and ethereal mirth
Wherewith the
stage
of air and earth did ring.
Miton.
7.
The platform of a microscope, upon which an object is placed to be viewed. See Illust. of
Microscope
.
8.
A place of rest on a regularly traveled road; a stage house; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses.
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
.
A
stage
. . . signifies a certain distance on a road.
Jeffrey.
He traveled by gig, with his wife, his favorite horse performing the journey by easy
stages
.
Smiles.
10.
A degree of advancement in any pursuit, or of progress toward an end or result.
Such a polity is suited only to a particular
stage
in the progress of society.
Macaulay.
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]
I went in the sixpenny
stage
.
Swift.
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
.
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.

Stage

(stāj)
,
Verb.
T.
To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly.
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Stage

STAGE

,
Noun.
[G.] Properly, one step or degree of elevation, and what the French call etage, we call a story. Hence,
1.
A floor or platform of any kind elevated above the ground or common surface, as for an exhibition of something to pubic view; as a stage for a mountebank; a stage for speakers in public; a stage for mechanics. Seamen use floating stages, and stages suspended by the side of a ship, for calking and repairing.
2.
The floor on which theatrical performances are exhibited, as distinct from the pit, &c. Hence,
3.
The theater; the place of scenic entertainments.
Knights, squires and steeds must enter on the stage.
4.
Theatrical representations. It is contended that the stage is a school or morality. Let it be inquired, where is the person whom the stage has reformed?
5.
A place where any thing is publicly exhibited.
When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
6.
Place of action or performance; as the stage of life.
7.
A place of rest on a journey, or where a relay of horses is taken. When we arrive at the next stage, we will take some refreshment. Hence,
8.
The distance between two places of rest on a road; as a stage of fifteen miles.
9.
A single step; degree of advance; degree of progression, either in increase or decrease, in rising or falling, or in any change of state; as the several stages of a war; the stages of civilization or improvement; stages of growth in an animal or plant; stages of a disease, of decline or recovery; the several stages of human life.
10.
[instead of stage-coach, or stage-wagon.] A coach or other carriage running regularly from one place to another for the conveyance of passengers.
I went in the six-penny stage.
A parcel sent by the stage. American usage.

STAGE

,
Verb.
T.
To exhibit publicly. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


stage

stage

English

Noun

stage (plural stages)

  1. A phase.
    He is in the recovery stage of his illness.
    Completion of an identifiable stage of maintenance such as removing an aircraft engine for repair or storage.
    • Thomas Macaulay (1800–1859)
      Such a polity is suited only to a particular stage in the progress of society.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic [].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. []  But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.
  2. A platform, generally elevated, upon which show performances or other public events are given.
    The band returned to the stage to play an encore.
    • Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
      Knights, squires, and steeds must enter on the stage.
    • Charles Sprague (1791–1875)
      Lo! Where the stage, the poor, degraded stage, / Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age.
  3. A floor or storey of a house.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
  4. A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, etc.; scaffolding; staging.
  5. A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf.
  6. A stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers.
    The stage pulled into town carrying the payroll for the mill and three ladies.
  7. (dated) A place of rest on a regularly travelled road; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses.
  8. (dated) 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.
    a stage of ten miles
  9. (electronics) The number of an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
    a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter
  10. The place on a microscope where the slide is located for viewing.
    He placed the slide on the stage.
  11. (video games) A level; one of the sequential areas making up the game.
    How do you get past the flying creatures in the third stage?
  12. A place where anything is publicly exhibited, or a remarkable affair occurs; the scene.
    • William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
      When we are born, we cry that we are come / To this stage of fools.
    • John Milton (1608–1674)
      Music and ethereal mirth / Wherewith the stage of air and earth did ring.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC:
      Rooney's United team-mate Chris Smalling was given his debut at right-back and was able to adjust to the international stage in relatively relaxed fashion as Bulgaria barely posed a threat of any consequence.
  13. (geology) The succession of rock strata laid down in a single age on the geologic timescale.

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Verb

stage (third-person singular simple present stages, present participle staging, simple past and past participle staged)

  1. To produce on a stage, to perform a play.
    The local theater group will stage "Pride and Prejudice".
  2. To demonstrate in a deceptive manner.
    The salesman’s demonstration of the new cleanser was staged to make it appear highly effective.
  3. (Of a protest or strike etc.) To carry out.
  4. To position at a designated location, as in preparation for.
    We staged the cars to be ready for the start, then waited for the starter to drop the flag.
    to stage data to be written at a later time

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: sta‧ge

Etymology

Borrowing from French stage

Noun

stage m (plural stages, diminutive stagetje n)

  1. probation, induction
  2. apprenticeship
  3. internship

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French

Etymology

From Medieval Latin stagium, itself from Old French estage: ester + -age (modern French étage)

Noun

stage m (plural stages)

  1. internship, job that a trainee is doing in a workplace until a fixed date
    Ce jeune homme avait déjà fait un stage de ce genre auprès d’un des ministres tombés en 1827 ; mais le ministre avait eu soin de le placer à la Cour des Comptes. (Honoré de Balzac, Modeste Mignon, 1844)
  2. probation, induction

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Italian

Etymology

From French stage.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /staʒ/ (cf. French stage)
  • IPA(key): /steidʒ/ (via erroneous connection to the English stage)

Noun

stage m (invariable)

  1. internship

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