Definition of Stage

Pronunciation: stāj
n.1.A floor or story of a house.
2.An elevated platform on which an orator may speak, a play be performed, an exhibition be presented, or the like.
3.A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, or the like; a scaffold; a staging.
4.A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf.
5.The floor for scenic performances; hence, the theater; the playhouse; hence, also, the profession of representing dramatic compositions; the drama, as acted or exhibited.
Knights, squires, and steeds, must enter on the stage.
- Pope.
Lo! where the stage, the poor, degraded stage,
Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age.
- C. Sprague.
6.A place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of any noted action or career; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs; as, politicians must live their lives on the public stage.
When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools.
- Shak.
Music and ethereal mirth
Wherewith the stage of air and earth did ring.
- Miton.
7.The platform of a microscope, upon which an object is placed to be viewed. See Illust. of Microscope.
8.A place of rest on a regularly traveled road; a stage house; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses.
9.A degree of advancement in a journey; one of several portions into which a road or course is marked off; the distance between two places of rest on a road; as, a stage of ten miles.
A stage . . . signifies a certain distance on a road.
- Jeffrey.
He traveled by gig, with his wife, his favorite horse performing the journey by easy stages.
- Smiles.
10.A degree of advancement in any pursuit, or of progress toward an end or result.
Such a polity is suited only to a particular stage in the progress of society.
- Macaulay.
11.A large vehicle running from station to station for the accommodation of the public; a stagecoach; an omnibus.
I went in the sixpenny stage.
- Swift.
12.(Biol.) One of several marked phases or periods in the development and growth of many animals and plants; as, the larval stage; pupa stage; zœa stage.
Stage box
a box close to the stage in a theater.
Stage carriage
a stagecoach.
Stage door
the actors' and workmen's entrance to a theater.
Stage lights
the lights by which the stage in a theater is illuminated.
Stage micrometer
a graduated device applied to the stage of a microscope for measuring the size of an object.
Stage wagon
a wagon which runs between two places for conveying passengers or goods.
Stage whisper
a loud whisper, as by an actor in a theater, supposed, for dramatic effect, to be unheard by one or more of his fellow actors, yet audible to the audience; an aside.
v. t.1.To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly.

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