American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A resident of a particular state or type of state. Often used in combination: Lone Star staters; farm staters; the struggle between slave staters and free staters.
- n. Any of various gold, silver, or electrum coins of ancient Greece.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who states.
- n. A general name for the principal or standard coin of various cities and states of ancient Greece. The common signification is a gold coin equal in weight to two drachmæ of Attic standard, or about 132.6 grains, and in value to twenty drachmæ. There were also in various states staters of Euboic and Æginetan standards. The oldest staters, those of Lydia, said to have been first coined by Crœsus. were struck in the pale gold called
electrum. At the period of Greek decline the silver tetradrachm was called stater. This coin is the “piece of money” (equivalent to a Jewish shekel) of Mat. xvii. 27. As a general term for a standard of weight, the name stater was given to the Attic mina and the Sicilian litra.
- n. A gold, silver or electrum coin of ancient Greece.
- n. A citizen of the United States of America who is a confirmed or lifelong resident of one single state.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who states.
- n. (Gr. Antiq.) The principal gold coin of ancient Greece. It varied much in value, the stater best known at Athens being worth about £1 2s., or about $5.35 (in 1890 value). The Attic silver
tetradrachmwas in later times called stater.
- n. a resident of a particular state or group of states
- n. any of the various silver or gold coins of ancient Greece
- to state + -er (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Late Latin statēr, from Greek, from histanai, sta-, to set on a scale, weigh; see system. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Coins larger than the drachma also existed; the largest denomination in each weight system is known as a stater.”
“The stater was a unit of currency; probably in this case the Corinthian stater, almost equal to two Attic drachmas; see Appendix J, Classical Greek Currency, ©4.”
“A sicle or shekel of silver, (which was also called a stater,) according to the standard or weight of the sanctuary, which was the most just and exact, was half an ounce of silver, that is, about half a crown of English money.”
“The stater was a Greek gold coin; its value is usually given at about $5.00, but Grote here makes it considerably less.”
“They make one with an electric stater, which is not really necessary unless you lack the strength to give the rope a couple quick pulls.”
“We are not told what sort of fish it was in whose mouth Peter found the "stater," a piece of money worth about three shillings, which was exactly enough to give, as the Lord told him, to those who had come to ask for money to meet some expenses belonging to the temple.”
“Peter would find in the mouth of the first fish that took his bait, is more correctly designated by the literal translation "stater,"  indicating a silver coin equivalent to a shekel, or two didrachms, and therefore the exact amount of the tax for two persons.”
“Recall the incident of the 'stater' in the fish's mouth.”
“One can be a utilitarian two-stater, in other words think that the practical pragmatic way forward is two states.”
“One can be an ideological two-stater as someone who believes in exclusively Palestinian self-determination or in Zionism.”
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