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stay

Law the suspension of a judicial proceeding, etc.

stay

[stā]
(engineering)
In a structure, a tensile member which holds other members of the structure rigidly in position.

stay

1. Anything that stiffens or helps to maintain a frame or other structure, as a strut or brace.
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and who is to stay? Captain Ebsworth says, and I say, let chance decide it.
It'll be hard for Martin Poyser to go to a strange place, among strange faces, when he's been bred up on the Hall Farm, and his father before him; but then it 'ud be harder for a man with his feelings to stay. I don't see how the thing's to be made any other than hard.
Antonia was frightened, and was going home to stay for a while, she told Mrs.
But he wept such big tears, and begged so hard to be allowed to stay, that the Doctor hadn't the heart to turn him out.
While we stayed here we were given to understand that those who had been pleased at Goa to give us directions in relation to our journey had done nothing but tell us lies.
On this even those who as yet had stayed always at the ships, the pilots and helmsmen, and even the stewards who were about the ships and served out rations, all came to the place of assembly because Achilles had shown himself after having held aloof so long from fighting.
The first thing he said then was that he was a fool to go on getting himself killed for anyone he ever saw, and was determined to be off and stay there no longer, When the Princess learned his intention she entreated him to stay, reminding him that another night would free her from the spell.
A German gentleman told me that when he remained a week in a hotel, he gave the portier five marks, the head waiter four, the Boots three, and the chambermaid two; and if he stayed three months he divided ninety marks among them, in about the above proportions.
"I will stay with you one night longer," said the Swallow, "but I cannot pluck out your eye.
It was so much more natural to have him stay when he was not absolutely required to leave her.
Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well.
"Well, then, some lady must have stayed here once," I retorted, with a sudden inspiration, "and left them behind--"