stay [1] VERB 1) remain in the same place. 2) remain in a specified state or position. 3) live somewhere temporarily as a visitor or guest. 4) Scottish & S. African live permanently. 5) stop, delay, or prevent. 6) literary support or prop up.
NOUN 1) a period of staying somewhere. 2) a suspension or postponement of judicial proceedings: a stay of execution. 3) a device used as a brace or support. 4) (stays) historical a corset made of two pieces laced together and stiffened by strips of whalebone.
stay the course (or distance) — Cf. ↑stay the distance
stay on — Cf. stay on
stay over — Cf. ↑stay over
stay put — Cf. ↑stay put
stay up — Cf. ↑stay up
stay with — Cf. ↑stay with
DERIVATIVES stayer noun.
ORIGIN Old French ester, from Latin stare 'to stand' .
stay [2] NOUN 1) a large rope, wire, or rod used to support a ship's mast or other upright pole. 2) a supporting wire or cable on an aircraft.
VERB secure or steady with a stay.
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • stayer — [ stɛjɶr ] n. m. • 1875; mot angl., de to stay « soutenir l allure », de l a. fr. étai ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Turf Cheval apte aux courses sur longue distance. 2 ♦ (1895) Cyclisme Coureur de demi fond. Coureur sur piste derrière moto. ● stayer nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • stayer — STÉĂR/ s. m. concurent ciclist de demifond în urma unei motociclete, pe pistă. (< engl. stayer) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • Stayer — Stay er (st[=a] [ e]r), n. One who upholds or supports that which props; one who, or that which, stays, stops, or restrains; also, colloquially, a horse, man, etc., that has endurance, as in a race. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stayer — / steIə/, it. / stejer/ s. ingl. [der. di (to ) stay stare, resistere ], usato in ital. al masch. 1. (sport.) [atleta o cavallo che dà le migliori prestazioni su lunghi percorsi] ▶◀ fondista. 2. (sport.) [corridore specialista delle gare di… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • stayer — /stejer, ingl. steɪə(r)/ [vc. ingl., propriamente «fondista», da to stay «durare, resistere»] s. m. inv. (nel ciclismo) mezzofondista …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • stayer — UK [ˈsteɪə(r)] / US [ˈsteɪər] noun [countable] Word forms stayer : singular stayer plural stayers a person or animal that keeps trying to do something difficult, especially a horse that manages to finish a difficult race …   English dictionary

  • stayer — dep (ciclismo) Ciclista que corre tras moto en el velódromo. Se llama así por extensión, ya que el stayer es el tope que lleva la moto en la parte de atrás, donde toca el ciclista con la rueda delantera de su bicicleta. Se escribe entre comillas… …   Diccionario español de neologismos

  • stayer — noun a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance the horse that won the race is a good stayer • Derivationally related forms: ↑stay • Hypernyms: ↑animal, ↑animate being, ↑beast, ↑brute, ↑creature …   Useful english dictionary

  • stayer — noun Date: circa 1580 one that stays; especially one that upholds or supports …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stayer — noun An athlete with staying power …   Wiktionary

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