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stay

Law the suspension of a judicial proceeding, etc.

stay

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(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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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.
Come in,' said the old man, 'and stay with me all night.
If you will stay with me to-night,' said the old man, 'I have a book of the history of the world, and I shall know where they are before daylight, if there is such a place in it at all.
I will stay with you one night longer," said the Swallow, "but I cannot pluck out your eye.
You are blind now," he said, "so I will stay with you always.
But there's that sweet woman--that Dinah Morris," Arthur said, pursuing his own thoughts and not knowing what had been the sense of Adam's words, "she says she shall stay with her to the very last moment--till she goes; and the poor thing clings to her as if she found some comfort in her.
You see, it's the same with both me and the Poysers: if we stay, it's for our own worldly interest, and it looks as if we'd put up with anything for the sake o' that.
Antonia was frightened, and was going home to stay for a while, she told Mrs.
When he returned, he told her that he would have to stay overnight there, but she could go on home.
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.
I pray you," said he, "if any comrade will hear me, bid me neither eat nor drink, for I am in great heaviness, and will stay fasting even to the going down of the sun.
You need not do so, for I well know that I am to fall here, far from my dear father and mother; none the more, however, shall I stay my hand till I have given the Trojans their fill of fighting.