From Middle English stage, from Old French estage (“dwelling, residence; position, situation, condition”), from Old French ester (“to be standing, be located”). Cognate with Old English stæþþan (“to make staid, stay”), Old Norse steðja (“to place, provide, confirm, allow”), Old English stæde, stede (“state, status, standing, place, station, site”). More at stead.
stage (plural stages)
- 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.
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
- Such a polity is suited only to a particular stage in the progress of society.
- 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
- Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […]. Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. […] But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.
- 1986, Daniel Woodrell, Under the Bright Lights - p.66
- "They're bikini briefs", Nicole said. "That just means sexy underwear."
- "I though naked was sexy."
- "Well, it is. But sexy comes in stages".
- (theater) A platform; a surface, generally elevated, upon which show performances or other public events are given.
- The band returned to the stage to play an encore.
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- Lo! Where the stage, the poor, degraded stage, / Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age.
- A floor or storey of a house.
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- A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, etc.; scaffolding; staging.
- A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf.
- A stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers.
- The stage pulled into town carrying the payroll for the mill and three ladies.
- (dated) A place of rest on a regularly travelled road; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses.
- (dated) 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.
- a stage of ten miles
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- A stage […] signifies a certain distance on a road.
- 1858, Samuel Smiles, Robert Stephenson, The Life of George Stephenson: Railway Engineer, p.356
- He travelled by gig, with his wife, his favourite horse performing the journey by easy stages.
- (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
- The place on a microscope where the slide is located for viewing.
- (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?
- Synonym: level
- A place where anything is publicly exhibited, or a remarkable affair occurs; the scene.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene vi]:
- When we are born, we cry that we are come / To this stage of fools.
- 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC:
- Rooney's United team-mate Chris Smalling was given his debut at right-back and was able to adjust to the international stage in relatively relaxed fashion as Bulgaria barely posed a threat of any consequence.
- (geology) The succession of rock strata laid down in a single age on the geologic time scale.
- → Japanese: ステージ (sutēji)
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (transitive) To produce on a stage, to perform a play.
- The local theater group will stage "Pride and Prejudice".
- To demonstrate in a deceptive manner.
- The salesman's demonstration of the new cleanser was staged to make it appear highly effective.
- (transitive) To orchestrate; to carry out.
- The workers staged a strike.
- A protest will be staged in the public square on Monday.
- (transitive) To place in position to prepare for use.
- We staged the cars to be ready for the start, then waited for the starter to drop the flag.
- to stage data to be written at a later time
- (demonstrate in a deceptive manner): fake
- Hyphenation: sta‧ge
From Medieval Latin stagium, itself from Old French estage: ester + -age (whence modern French étage). Cognates and borrowings are common in other European languages, including Italian stage, Czech stáž, Dutch stage, Portuguese estágio and Serbo-Croatian staž.
stage m (plural stages)
- internship, job that a trainee is doing in a workplace until a fixed date
- 1844, Honoré de Balzac, Modeste Mignon:
- Ce jeune homme avait déjà fait un stage de ce genre auprès d’un des ministres tombés en 1827;
- This young man has already done an internship of this kind with one of the ministers who had fallen in 1827;
- probation, induction
- “stage” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- IPA(key): /staʒ/ (cf. French stage)
- IPA(key): /steidʒ/ (via erroneous connection to the English stage)
stage m (invariable)
stage (plural stages or stage)
- A tier of a structure; a floor or storey:
- A raised floor; a platform or podium.
- A duration or period; an amount of time.
- A stage or phase; a sequential part.
- A tier or grade; a place in a hierarchy.
- A locale or place; a specified point in space.
- Heaven (home of (the Christian) God)
- (rare) The cross-beam of a window.
- (rare) A seat or chair.
- (rare) A state of being.
- English: stage