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Meaning of stage by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English stage, from Old French estage ( “story of a building, performance stage, floor, loft” ), from Vulgar Latin *stāticum ( “standing-place” ), from Latin stāre ( “to stand” ). Cognate with Old English stæde, stede ( “state, status, standing, place” ). More at stead .


    • IPA: /stedʒ/, /steɪdʒ/
    • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ


    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 .
    2. The area, in any theatre, generally raised, upon which an audience watches plays or other public ceremonies .
      The band returned to the stage to play an encore .
    3. Abbreviated form of stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers .
      The stage pulled into town carrying the payroll for the mill and three ladies .
    4. ( 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
    5. The place on a microscope where the slide is located for viewing .
      He placed the slide on the stage .
    6. ( 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?
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    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 pause or wait at a designated location .
      We staged the cars to be ready for the start, then waited for the starter to drop the flag .


Definition of stage by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Stage ( stāj ), n. [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.

    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.” 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.

  2. Stage ( stāj ), v. t. To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly. Shak.