Stay n. 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.
In stays, ∨ Hove in stays Naut., in the act or situation of staying, or going about from one tack to another. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
Stay holes Naut., openings in the edge of a staysail through which the hanks pass which join it to the stay.
Stay tackle Naut., a tackle attached to a stay and used for hoisting or lowering heavy articles over the side.
To miss stays Naut., to fail in the attempt to go about. --Totten.
Triatic stay Naut., a rope secured at the ends to the heads of the foremast and mainmast with thimbles spliced to its bight into which the stay tackles hook.
Stay v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stayed or Staid p. pr. & vb. n. Staying.]
1. 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. --Ex. xvii. 12.
Sallows and reeds . . . for vineyards useful found
To stay thy vines. --Dryden.
2. 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. --Sir W. Scott.
3. 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. --Shak.
4. 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. --Spenser.
All that may stay their minds from thinking that true which they heartily wish were false. --Hooker.
5. To hinder; to delay; to detain; to keep back.
Your ships are stayed at Venice. --Shak.
This business staid me in London almost a week. --Evelyn.
I was willing to stay my reader on an argument that appeared to me new. --Locke.
6. To remain for the purpose of; to wait for. “I stay dinner there.”
7. To cause to cease; to put an end to.
Stay your strife. --Shak.
For flattering planets seemed to say
This child should ills of ages stay. --Emerson.
8. Engin. To fasten or secure with stays; as, to stay a flat sheet in a steam boiler.
9. Naut. To tack, as a vessel, so that the other side of the vessel shall be presented to the wind.
To stay a mast Naut., to incline it forward or aft, or to one side, by the stays and backstays.
Stay v. i.
1. 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. --Spenser.
Stay, I command you; stay and hear me first. --Dryden.
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn. --Longfellow.
2. To continue in a state.
The flames augment, and stay
At their full height, then languish to decay. --Dryden.
3. 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. --Shak.
The father can not stay any longer for the fortune. --Locke.
4. To dwell; to tarry; to linger.
I must stay a little on one action. --Dryden.
5. To rest; to depend; to rely; to stand; to insist.
I stay here on my bond. --Shak.
Ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon. --Isa. xxx. 12.
6. To come to an end; to cease; as, that day the storm stayed. [Archaic]
Here my commission stays. --Shak.
7. To hold out in a race or other contest; as, a horse stays well. [Colloq.]
8. Naut. To change tack, as a ship.
1. That which serves as a prop; a support. “My only strength and stay.”
Trees serve as so many stays for their vines. --Addison.
Lord Liverpool is the single stay of this ministry. --Coleridge.
2. pl. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men.
How the strait stays the slender waist constrain. --Gay.
3. 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. --Dryden.
Embrace the hero and his stay implore. --Waller.
4. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
Made of sphere metal, never to decay
Until his revolution was at stay. --Milton.
Affairs of state seemed rather to stand at a stay. --Hayward.
5. Hindrance; let; check. [Obs.]
They were able to read good authors without any stay, if the book were not false. --Robynson (More's Utopia).
6. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. [Obs.] “Not grudging that thy lust hath bounds and stays.”
The wisdom, stay, and moderation of the king. --Bacon.
With prudent stay he long deferred
The rough contention. --Philips.
7. Engin. Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them.
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.
n 1: 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"
2: 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
3: 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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stop,
4: (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable
used as a support for a mast or spar
5: a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a
garment (e.g. a corset)
v 1: 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"
[syn: remain, rest] [ant: change]
2: stay put (in a certain place); "We are staying in Detroit;
we are not moving to Cincinnati"; "Stay put in the corner
here!"; "Stick around and you will learn something!" [syn:
stick, stick around, stay put] [ant: move]
3: dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a
bit longer--the day is still young" [syn: bide, abide]
4: 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" [syn: stay on,
5: remain behind; "I had to stay at home and watch the
children" [ant: depart]
6: stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" [syn: detain, delay]
7: stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility
remained long after they made up" [syn: persist, remain]
8: a trial of endurance; "ride out the storm" [syn: last out,
ride out, outride]
9: stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution
10: fasten with stays
11: overcome or allay; "quell my hunger" [syn: quell, appease]