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Definition of the noun stays

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  1. a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
    • examples: This meat stays good in cold weather. | He that stays in the valley shall never get over the hill. | Mike always stays cool. | This is the temple where he stays. | Kate stays in Izu over the weekend. | That woman stays young. | That commercial makes a strong impression - especially the music. It stays in your head. | The bank stays open from eight until two. | I hope the weather stays this way. | I don't care whether he leaves or stays.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of stays: corset / girdle
    • more generic terms: foundation / foundation garment = a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
    • more specific term: panty girdle = a woman's undergarment that combines a girdle and panties

Alternative definition of the noun stays


  1. [plurale tantum] A corset.


Stays are ropes, wires, or rods on sailing vessels that run fore-and-aft along the centerline from the masts to the hull, deck, bowsprit, or to other masts which serve to stabilize the masts. On a ship with a single mast, stays that run aft are called backstays and stays that run forward are called forestays. Along with shrouds, they form the primary stabilization for the standing rigging.

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Google previewIntroduction to Health Care Services: Foundations and Challenges (2014)

by Bernard J. Healey, Tina Marie Evans

The reduction in the utilization of expensive testing and medical procedures along with long hospital stays is an obvious advantage to the plan but may also protect the patient from unnecessary medical testing and procedures along with ...

Google previewBlue Labour (2015)

Forging a New Politics by Ian Geary, Adrian Pabst

The extra time, cost and bureaucracy required to get people into the country for long or shortterm stays means that we will lose some individuals and economic and cultural activities that we could have benefited from. This is a price that people ...

Google previewVisual Aspects of Computer Aided Control Systems Design (1995)

by Christopher A. Ganz

Contrary to the original target, it does not have any children but is a multi-object node which contains the results of all but the first execution of its parent (which stays is the original node). This node may then be used like any other node in the ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Modern Proverbs (2012)

stays in Las Vegas (etc.). 2002 Las Vegas Review-Journal 25 Nov.: “The Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority, meanwhile, continued its saucy come- to-Vegas-baby advertising campaign with six new spots filmed over a three-day ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sea Terms (1898)

For the Use of Yachtsmen, Amateur Boatmen, and Beginners by A. Ansted

which they run, as the top-mast-stay supporting the topmast; the backstays, running backward, etc. The stays of a cutter yacht are described under the heading RIGGING.

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Unfinished stays for clockwork droid costume. Didn't have a corset busk. The hooks and eyes seem to work just fine.

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He who stays near vermilion gets stained red; he who stays near ink gets stained black.
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1Y4S1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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