Definitions for: Stage


[n] a section or portion of a journey or course; "then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"
[n] 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"
[n] a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination
[n] 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"
[n] the theater as a profession (usually"the stage"); "an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] 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?"
[v] plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
[v] perform (a play), esp. on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'"



Webster (1913) Definition: Stage, n. [OF. estage, F. ['e]tage, (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.

6. A place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of
any noted action or carrer; the spot where any remarkable
affair occurs.

When we are born, we cry that we are come To this
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
accomodation of the public; a stagecoach; an omnibus. ``A
parcel sent you by the stage.'' --Cowper.

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; z[oe]a stage.

Stage box, a box close to the stage in a theater.

Stage carriage, a stagecoach.

Stage door, the actor's 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. --Shak.

Synonyms: arrange, bring about, degree, leg, level, microscope stage, phase, point, present, represent, stagecoach

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