A stage

A stage

[′ā ‚stāj]
(organic chemistry)
An early stage in a thermosetting resin reaction characterized by linear structure, solubility, and fusibility of the material.
References in classic literature ?
Never mind, honey," his imperturbable wife assured him in a stage whisper.
First time he was on a stage in his life, after being starved and thirsted for two days.
There, forcing its way steadily through all the faults of inexperience -- there, plainly visible to the dullest of the spectators, was the rare faculty of dramatic impersonation, expressing itself in every look and action of this girl of eighteen, who now stood on a stage for the first time in her life.
Then by degrees the churches grew too small to hold the great crowds of people who wished to see the plays, and so they were acted outside the church door in the churchyard, on a stage built level with the steps.