Hypertext Webster Gateway: "stage"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Stage \Stage\, n. [OF. estage, F. ['e]tage, (assumed) LL.
staticum, from L. stare to stand. See {Stand}, and cf.
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Stage \Stage\, v. t.
To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display
publicly. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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" [syn: {phase}]
2: 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?" [syn:
{degree}, {level}, {point}]
3: 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"
4: (usually "the stage"); the theater as a profession; "an
early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the
contemporary stage"
5: 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"
6: 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" [syn: {stagecoach}]
7: a section or portion of a journey or course; "then we
embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"
[syn: {leg}]
8: a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is
mounted for examination [syn: {microscope stage}]
v 1: perform (a play), esp. on a stage; "we are going to stage
"Othello" [syn: {present}]
2: plan, organize, and carry out (an event) [syn: {bring about},

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