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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corset, girdle, staysnoun

    a woman's close-fitting foundation garment


  1. staysnoun

    A corset.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Staysnoun

    Without singular.

    They were come upon the stays, when one of the sailors descried a galley. Philip Sidney.

    Weavers stretch your stays upon the west. Dryden.


  1. stays

    To remain in a particular place or position, or to continue to be in a specific state or condition. This term can also refer to stopping or halting progress, or resisting or withstanding something. In a legal context, it can mean the suspension or delay of a judicial proceeding or judgment.


  1. Stays

    Stays are ropes, wires, or rods on sailing vessels that run fore-and-aft along the centerline from the masts to the hull, deck, bowsprit, or to other masts which serve to stabilize the masts. On a ship with a single mast, stays that run aft are called backstays and stays that run forward are called forestays. Along with shrouds, they form the primary stabilization for the standing rigging. To "miss stays" is an unsuccessful attempt to tack.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. STAYS

    A sort of straight-jacket employed in reforming women.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. stays

    See Ordnance, Carriages for.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'stays' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4071

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stays in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stays in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stays in a Sentence

  1. Scott Partridge:

    We've actually re-calibrated how we're going to make sure product stays at the distributors and in the fields.

  2. President Donald Trump:

    If my father travels, they stay at President Donald Trump properties for free... So everywhere that he goes, if he stays at one of his places, the government actually spends, meaning it saves a fortune, because if they were to go to a hotel across the street, they'd be charging them $ 500 bucks a night, whereas, you know we charge them, like $ 50 bucks.

  3. Kathleen Gaffney:

    As long as inflation stays low, the sweet spot is in the equity market, particularly if the Fed is moving slowly.

  4. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun:

    In order to effectively block entry for non-important purposes such as tourism, we will expand the compulsory quarantine measure to all foreigners coming in for short stays too.

  5. Ruggero Contu:

    If you're a European company, you can play the card and say, our data stays in Europe. The public sector would be more interested to that, there's some value in the argument, but it's not going to change competitive dynamics dramatically.

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    an onerous or difficult concern
    • A. impurity
    • B. encumbrance
    • C. secession
    • D. ditch

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