stage /ˈsteʤ/ 名詞
1. A floor or story of a house. [Obs.]
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.
6. A place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of any noted action or career; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs; as, politicians must live their lives on the public stage.
When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools. --Shak.
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.” [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 v. t. To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly.
n 1: any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in
a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be
revised or rejected" [syn: phase]
2: a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or
especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of
frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?" [syn:
degree, level, point]
3: a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen
by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got
the actors to help him into the box"
4: the theater as a profession (usually `the stage'); "an early
movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the
5: any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing
something; "All the world's a stage"--Shakespeare; "it set
the stage for peaceful negotiations"
6: a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and
mail on regular routes between towns; "we went out of town
together by stage about ten or twelve miles" [syn: stagecoach]
7: a section or portion of a journey or course; "then we
embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"
8: a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is
mounted for examination [syn: microscope stage]
v 1: perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to
stage `Othello'" [syn: present, represent]
2: plan, organize, and carry out (an event) [syn: bring about,