(intransitive) (archaic) to stand firm.
Middle Dutch stake "stick Old English steli "steel" stæg "rope used to support a mast from PIE *stak- (see stay (n.2).
Restraint of passion; prudence ; moderation ; caution ; steadiness ; sobriety.
See also: stay, touch.
A guy, rope, or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole, the mast of a derrick, or other structural element.John Locke (1632-1705) I was willing to stay my reader on an kadal pura ebook pdf argument that appeared to me new."To stay put is to keep still, remain in order.The engineer insisted on using stays for the scaffolding.That day the storm stayed.Cognate with Albanian shtagë (a long stick, a pole).The verb meaning "secure or steady with stays" is first recorded 1620s.Francis Bacon The wisdom, stay, and moderation of the king.
John Dryden (1631-1700) Sallows and reeds for vineyards useful found / To stay thy vines.
(transitive) to delay or hinder.
But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.John Milton My only strength and stay.See also: base, touch touch base verb.I can only stay for an hour.I spent an hour or two sending emails and touching base with my friends.I want to hear all about your time in Paris!Touch base (with someone) to talk to someone; to confer with someone briefly.The governor granted a stay of execution.( intransitive ) To wait; rest in patience or expectation.