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

  • n. A raised and level floor or platform.
  • n. A raised platform on which theatrical performances are presented.
  • n. An area in which actors perform.
  • n. The acting profession, or the world of theater. Used with the: The stage is her life.
  • n. The scene of an event or of a series of events.
  • n. A platform on a microscope that supports a slide for viewing.
  • n. A scaffold for workers.
  • n. A resting place on a journey, especially one providing overnight accommodations.
  • n. The distance between stopping places on a journey; a leg: proceeded in easy stages.
  • n. A stagecoach.
  • n. A level or story of a building.
  • n. The height of the surface of a river or other fluctuating body of water above a set point: at flood stage.
  • n. A level, degree, or period of time in the course of a process: the toddler stage of child development; the early stages of a disease.
  • n. A point in the course of an action or series of events: too early to predict a winner at this stage.
  • n. One of two or more successive propulsion units of a rocket vehicle that fires after the preceding one has been jettisoned.
  • n. Geology A subdivision in the classification of stratified rocks, ranking just below a series and representing rock formed during a chronological age.
  • n. Electronics An element or a group of elements in a complex arrangement of parts, especially a single tube or transistor and its accessory components in an amplifier.
  • transitive v. To exhibit or present on or as if on a stage: stage a boxing match.
  • transitive v. To produce or direct (a theatrical performance).
  • transitive v. To arrange and carry out: stage an invasion.
  • transitive v. Medicine To determine the extent or progression of (a cancer, for example).
  • intransitive v. To be adaptable to or suitable for theatrical presentation.
  • intransitive v. To stop at a designated place in the course of a journey: "tourists from London who had staged through Warsaw” ( Frederick Forsyth).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A phase.
  • n. The area, in any theatre, generally raised, upon which an audience watches plays or other public ceremonies.
  • n. Abbreviated form of stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers.
  • n. The number of an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
  • n. The place on a microscope where the slide is located for viewing.
  • n. A level; one of the sequential areas making up the game.
  • v. To produce on a stage, to perform a play.
  • v. To demonstrate in a deceptive manner.
  • v. To carry out.
  • v. To cause to pause or wait at a designated location.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A floor or story of a house.
  • n. An elevated platform on which an orator may speak, a play be performed, an exhibition be presented, or the like.
  • n. A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, or the like; a scaffold; a staging.
  • n. A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf.
  • n. The floor for scenic performances; hence, the theater; the playhouse; hence, also, the profession of representing dramatic compositions; the drama, as acted or exhibited.
  • n. A place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of any noted action or career; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs.
  • n. The platform of a microscope, upon which an object is placed to be viewed. See Illust. of Microscope.
  • n. A place of rest on a regularly traveled road; a stage house; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A degree of advancement in any pursuit, or of progress toward an end or result.
  • n. A large vehicle running from station to station for the accommodation of the public; a stagecoach; an omnibus.
  • n. One of several marked phases or periods in the development and growth of many animals and plants
  • transitive v. To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To represent in a play or on the stage; exhibit on the stage.
  • To place or put on the stage; mount, as a play.
  • To travel by stage-coach: sometimes with indefinite it.
  • n. A floor or story of a house.
  • n. A house; building.
  • n. In architecture, the portion between a projection and the retreat next above it in a medieval buttress; also, one of the horizontal divisions of a window separated by transoms.
  • n. A floor or platform elevated above the ground or common surface, for the exhibition of a play or spectacle, for public speakers or performers, or for convenience of view, use, or access: as, a stage for a mountebank; a stage for speakers in public.
  • n. Specifically— A floor elevated for the convenience of performing mechanical work and the like; a scaffold; a staging: as, seamen use floating stages, and stages suspended by the side of a ship, for calking and repairing.
  • n. In printing, a low platform on which stacks of paper are piled.
  • n. A shelf or horizontal compartment, as one of the steps of a court-cupboard.
  • n. The platform on which an object is placed to be viewed through a microscope.
  • n. A wooden structure on a beach to assist in landing; a landing-place at a quay or pier. It sometimes rises and falls with the tide, or is lowered or raised to suit the varying height of the water.
  • n. A raised platform on which theatrical performances are exhibited; the flooring in a theater on which the actors perform. In modern theaters the stage includes not only the part which can be seen from the auditorium, but also the spaces on each side, behind the prosceniumarch, which are used for shifting the wings or side-scenes, and are themselves called the wings. The part extending back from the orchestra to the proscenfum-arch is called the proscenium. That side of the stage which is on the extreme left of the spectator is called the prompt-side, because in theaters which have no prompt-box the prompter stands there. The corresponding position to the spectator's right is called the opposite-prompt-side (or, briefly, o.-p.-side). Half-way between the center and the promptside is the prompt-center, the corresponding position to the right being called the opposite-prompt-center (or, briefly, o.-p.-center). The stage is thus divided laterally into five parts, called in order the prompt-side, the prompt-center, the center, the o.-p.-center, and the o.-p.-side, and these designations extend through the whole depth of the stage, as well as up into the flies: thus the five ropes by which a dropscene is raised or lowered are known as the prompt-siderope, prompt-center rope, center-rope, etc. As regards depth, the stage is divided into entrances varying in number according to the number of the wings or side-scenes. That between the proscenium and the first wing is called on one side the first prompt-entrance, and on the other the first o.-p.-entrance. From the first wing to the next is the second prompt- or second o.-p.-entrance, and so on. Everything above the stage from the top of the proscenium-arch upward is called the flies, and includes the borders, border-lights, all needed ropes, pulleys, and cleats, the beams to which these are attached, and the fly-galleries, from the lowest of which the drop-scenes are worked. The ancient Greek theater in its original form, as developed in the fifth century b. c., had no raised stage, the actors appearing in the orchestra amid the chorus.
  • n. Hence With the definite article, the theater; the drama as acted or exhibited, or the profession of representing dramatic compositions: as, to take to the stage; to regard the stage as a school of elocution.
  • n. A place where anything is publicly exhibited; a field for action; the scene of any noted action or career; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs.
  • n. A place of rest on a journey, or where a relay of horses is taken, or where a stage-coach changes horses; a station.
  • n. Hence The distance between two places of rest on a road: in some countries a regular unit.
  • n. A single step of a gradual process; degree of advance or of progression, either in increase or decrease, in rising or falling, or in any change of state: as, stages of growth in an animal or a plant; the stages of a disease; in biology, a state or condition of being, as one of several successive steps in a course of development: as, the larval, pupal, and imaginal stages of an insect; several stages of an embryo.
  • n. Same as stagecoach; also , an omnibus.
  • n. In geology, a stratigraphic division equivalent to and expressing the work done during an age.
  • n. Specifically— A plank hung horizontally over a ship's side for men to stand or sit upon while cleaning or painting the ship.

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

  • n. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
  • v. perform (a play), especially on a stage
  • n. the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')
  • n. a section or portion of a journey or course
  • v. plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
  • n. a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns
  • n. any distinct time period in a sequence of events
  • n. a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination
  • n. any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something
  • n. a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience


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

Middle English, from Old French estage, from Vulgar Latin *staticum, from Latin status, past participle of stāre, to stand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English stage, from Old French estage ("story of a building, performance stage, floor, loft"), from Vulgar Latin *stāticum ("standing-place"), from Latin stāre ("to stand"). Cognate with Old English stæde, stede ("state, status, standing, place"). More at stead.



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  • I especially like "stage" as a verb.

    August 9, 2009

  • @ lyric: the French meaning.

    May 1, 2008