Meaning of STAGE in English


I. ˈstāj noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French estage (also, position, place, stay, habitation), from (assumed) Vulgar Latin staticum, from Latin stare to stand + -aticum -age — more at stand


a. : a story of a building : a horizontal division of a structure

a low square tower in four stages — American Guide Series: Maryland

b. : one of a series of positions or stations one above the other : grade , step

the garden that sloped, stage by stage precipitously down to the water — F.M.Ford

c. : a set of shelves : shelf ; specifically : a tier of shelves (as in a greenhouse) on which potted plants are placed

the height of the glass above the greenhouse stages — South African Garden Manual

d. : the height of the surface of a river above an arbitrary zero point — see flood stage

e. : the distance between two levels (as in hoisting)


a. : a raised platform for the better viewing of something by an audience

spoke from a small stage erected at the edge of the airport

give order that these bodies high on a stage be placed to the view — Shakespeare


(1) : the raised flooring in a theater or auditorium on which plays or other spectacles (as operas or ballets) are enacted

(2) : the part of a theater between the proscenium and the rear wall including the acting area, wings, and storage space — called also stagehouse

(3) : the dramatic art or profession : theater — usually used with the

attracted by the stage ever since she was a child

c. : a place where something is exhibited or done : a center of attention or a scene of action

all the world's a stage — Shakespeare

those diseases … now occupy the center of the medical stage — R.J.Thomas

the end of the eighteenth century set the stage for a new middle-class struggle — Roy Lewis & Angus Maude


a. : a scaffold used to support workmen and their materials

stages rigged overside swarmed with … shipfitters, busy removing crumpled shell plating — K.M.Dodson

b. : an elevated structure used for drying fish

c. : landing stage

d. : a platform used as a base or support ; specifically : the small platform of the stand of a microscope or polariscope on which an object is placed for examination


a. : a place of rest formerly provided for those traveling by stagecoach : station

b. : the distance between two stopping places on a road : a degree of advance in a journey

proceeded by easy stages, some of them spending the night near my camp — Douglas Carruthers


(1) : stagecoach

sat on the slippery leather seat of the old stage — Margaret Deland

(2) : a motor vehicle that carries mail or passengers

(3) : air stage


a. : a period or step in a process, activity, or development

there were three stages in the cutting process — G.S. & Helen McKearin

came to bat with a teammate on base in the late stages of a close ball game — W.B.Furlong

aware of the stages in child growth and development — Current Biography


(1) : a period or phase in the course of a disease

the preeruptive stage of an eruptive fever

sweating stage of malaria

(2) : one of two or more operations performed at different times but constituting a single procedure

2- stage thoracoplasty

the operation should be done in two or three stages

(3) : one of the four degrees indicating depth of general anesthesia

stage of excitement

stage of surgical anesthesia

c. : one of the steps into which the material development of man or a people is divided : a particular economy

pastoral stage

hunting stage

nomadic stage

d. : a division of a culture or culture period with respect to time, content, or development


(1) : a minor subdivision of a stratigraphic series

(2) : a part of a cycle of erosion in which the features of the landscape have characteristics that distinguish them from similar features in other parts of the cycle

(3) : a subdivision of the Pleistocene epoch

the Illinoian glacial stage

also : stadial

(4) : a particular phase in the historical development of a geologic feature

the Calumet stage of Lake Chicago


(1) : one of several periods whose beginning and end are usually marked by some important change of structure in the development and growth of many animals and plants

the larval stage

— see instar

(2) : an organism in a specified stage

the tadpole is the larval stage of a frog

g. : one complete process or step (as of a fluid passing through one impeller of a multiple-impeller pump) — see pressure stage , velocity stage

h. : an element or part in a complex electronic contrivance ; specifically : a single tube with its associated components in an amplifier

i. : a propulsion unit of a rocket with its own fuel and container

the first stage raises all the stages until its fuel is gone

- on the stage

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. archaic : to furnish with a scaffold

2. : to put into a play or public show

the quick comedians extemporally will stage us — Shakespeare

his play … staged only one woman character among airmen — Edmund Fuller


a. : to produce on the stage : put on

staged the play in a spectacular fashion

staged a number of new ballets this season

staged the opera with new scenery

b. : to produce for public view

stage a track meet

stage a special art exhibition

stage an elaborate parade

c. : to bring about or cause to take place especially in a dramatic or spectacular manner

staged a brief hunger strike yesterday — New York Times

staged huge protest demonstrations — Anne Bauer

led his followers to stage an attempt to release him from custody — L.S.B.Leakey

the entirely unpredictable … weather had decided to stage a clear sunny day in the middle of December — C.S.Forester

d. : to arrange or present for public effect : contrive

staged a fake accident

4. : to place (potted plants) on a layer of sand, gravel, or other medium in a greenhouse

5. : to move (as military personnel, supplies, or equipment) to or establish in a new base in preparation for a further movement or a planned operation

seize bases that would permit staging our aircraft forward — F.J.Sackton

6. : to protect (areas of a printing plate that require no further etching) with a resist of asphalt varnish or other solution

intransitive verb

1. : to travel by stage

after four and a half days of continuous staging … he arrived — G.R.Stewart

2. : to establish a military base or position

staging there for attacks — Time

ordnance company staging for the night nearby — Yale Review

III. adjective

1. : conventionalized, stereotyped

so French as to make him seem almost a stage Frenchman — Osbert Sitwell

the face of a stage curate — Fred Majdalany

2. : of, relating to, or constituting a manner of pronouncing a language on formal occasions (as in stage acting or public speaking) that is not necessarily identical with any one dialect of the language and that seeks to avoid dialectal features that have the least currency among educated speakers

IV. transitive verb

: to determine the phase or severity of (a disease) based on a classification of established symptomatic criteria ; also : to evaluate (a patient) to determine the phase, severity, or progression of a disease

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