Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
  • n. A vertical post to which an offender is bound for execution by burning.
  • n. Execution by burning. Used with the: condemned to the stake.
  • n. A vertical post secured in a socket at the edge of a platform, as on a truck bed, to help retain the load.
  • n. Mormon Church A territorial division consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president.
  • n. Sports & Games Money or property risked in a wager or gambling game. Often used in the plural. See Synonyms at bet.
  • n. Sports & Games The prize awarded the winner of a contest or race.
  • n. Sports & Games A race offering a prize to the winner, especially a horserace in which the prize consists of money contributed equally by the horse owners.
  • n. A share or an interest in an enterprise, especially a financial share.
  • n. Personal interest or involvement: a stake in her children's future.
  • n. A grubstake.
  • transitive v. To mark the location or limits of with or as if with stakes: stake out a claim.
  • transitive v. To claim as one's own: staked out a place for herself in industry.
  • transitive v. To fasten, secure, or support with a stake or stakes.
  • transitive v. To tether or tie to a stake.
  • transitive v. To gamble or risk; hazard.
  • transitive v. To provide working capital for; finance.
  • stake out To assign (a police officer, for example) to an area to conduct surveillance.
  • stake out To keep under surveillance.
  • idiom at stake At risk; in question.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a support or stay; as, a stake to support vines, fences, hedges, etc.
  • n. A slender rod, or stick, to be driven into the ground as a mark
  • n. A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
  • n. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
  • n. A share or interest in a business or a given situation (in the sense "stake a claim").
  • n. A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
  • n. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  • n. A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
  • v. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
  • v. To pierce or wound with a stake.
  • v. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
  • v. To provide another with money in order to play.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of wood, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a support or stay
  • n. A stick inserted upright in a loop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
  • n. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.
  • n. A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, -- used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
  • n. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  • n. A territorial division; -- called also stake of Zion.
  • transitive v. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes.
  • transitive v. To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out.
  • transitive v. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
  • transitive v. To pierce or wound with a stake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten to a stake; tether; also, to impale.
  • To support with stakes; provide with supporting stakes or poles: as, to stake vines.
  • To defend, barricade, or bar with stakes or piles.
  • To divide or lay off and mark with stakes or posts: with out or off: as, to stake off a site for a school-house; to stake out oyster-beds.
  • To stretch, scrape, and smooth (skins) by friction against the blunt edge of a semicircular knife fixed to the top of a short beam or post set upright.
  • To wager; put at hazard or risk upon a future contingency; venture.
  • n. A stick of wood sharpened at one end and set in the ground, or prepared to be set in the ground, as part of a fence, as a boundary-mark, as a post to tether an animal to, or as a support for something, as a hedge, a vine, a tent, or a fishing-net.
  • n. Specifically The post to which a person condemned to death by burning is bound: as, condemned to the stake; burned at the stake; also, a post to which a bear to be baited is tied.
  • n. In leather manufacturing, a post on which a skin is stretched for currying or graining.
  • n. A vertical bar fixed in a socket or in staples on the edge of the bed of a platform railway-car or of a vehicle, to secure the load from rolling off, or, when a loose substance, as gravel, etc., is carried, to hold in place boards which retain the load.
  • n. A small anvil used for working in thin metal, as by tinsmiths: it appears to be so called because stuck into the bench by a sharp vertical prop pointed at the end.
  • n. That which is placed at hazard as a wager; the sum of money or other valuable consideration which is deposited as a pledge or wager to be lost or won according to the issue of a contest or contingency.
  • n. The prize in a contest of strength, skill, speed, or the like.
  • n. An interest; something to gain or lose.
  • n. The state of being laid or pledged as a wager; the state of being at hazard or in peril: preceded by at: as, his honor is at stake.
  • n. The see or jurisdiction of a Mormon bishop.
  • n. A Middle English form of stack.
  • n. The ling.
  • n. The post or arm which carries the fixed or stationary jaw of a riveting-machine, and holds up the rivet against the pressure which upsets the metal and forms the head.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. mark with a stake
  • n. instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
  • n. the money risked on a gamble
  • v. place a bet on
  • v. put at risk
  • v. tie or fasten to a stake
  • n. a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground
  • n. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
  • n. a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)
  • v. kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English staca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English staca (Wiktionary)

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  • Oh, I see, thanks yarb. Australia and England both have Bunburys so without referring to the link I'd aassumed the Bunbury Whitecaps were a team of some sort.

    Which reminds me, see bunbury.

    April 3, 2011

  • I'm still totally baffled about stake.

    North American sports reporting has countless weird synonyms for score.

    April 3, 2011

  • Ha!

    Obviously it's out of context, but translation: Bunbury (a player) scored for Kansas City, giving them a 1-0 lead over the Whitecaps.

    It was a cracking game - wish I hadn't turned the T.V. off with 25 minutes to go and the 'caps down 3-0. They ended up drawing 3-3 with two goals in stoppage time.

    April 3, 2011

  • This is completely unintelligible to me. Who was in front, Bunbury or KC?

    April 3, 2011

  • "Bunbury staked Kansas City to a 1-0 lead in first-half stoppage time."

    - Whitecaps stage amazing comeback to salvage tie, cbcsports.ca, 2-4-11.

    April 3, 2011