1. 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. --Dryden.
2. 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.
3. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.
4. 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.
5. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
6. 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.\= --Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
At stake, in danger; hazarded; pledged. “I see my reputation is at stake.” --Shak.
Stake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Staked p. pr. & vb. n. Staking.]
1. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
2. To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out; as, to stake out land; to stake out a new road.
3. 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. --Pope.
4. To pierce or wound with a stake.
n 1: (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" [syn:
2: 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" [syn: post]
3: instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a
victim is tied to for burning
4: the money risked on a gamble [syn: stakes, bet, wager]
v 1: put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
[syn: venture, hazard, adventure, jeopardize]
2: place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting
on the new horse" [syn: bet on, back, gage, game,
3: mark with a stake; "stake out the path" [syn: post]
4: tie or fasten to a stake; "stake your goat"
5: kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies
were impaled and left to die" [syn: impale]