Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of stay.
  • n. A corset.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of stay.

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  • n. a woman's close-fitting foundation garment

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I. i.9 (230,3) [stays me here at home, unkept] [W: Stys] _Sties_ is better than _stays_, and more likely to be Shakespeare's.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • "It's kind of like Menudo," Camp Director Jeff Stone says, "The characters change, but the name stays the same."

    Mary Pauline Lowry: Is Johnny Z. the New Justin Bieber? A Chicago Summer Camp Creates a New Teen Star

  • And the word stays in the room, hovering around and changing the air with its own sick-scented falseness.

    The Redleys

  • Mybe he is like a US president, and the title stays with you until death.

    Valenti usurps Glickman

  • He may have claimed a week ago that a draw would suffice to ensure the title stays with Inter for the fourth year in a row, but his president Massimo Moratti insists the team will still go out with the intention of winning.

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  • "When the mate was here, he felt sure that some one had crept overboard, and down to what he called the stays under the bowsprit."

    Sail Ho! A Boy at Sea

  • Powered Games, the company that created the first two Dungeon Siege titles, will also be consulted in order to make sure the new title stays true to the main concepts of the series.

    Softpedia - Windows - All

  • In doing so, it made him eligible to receive thousands of dollars a month in per diem payments toward his meals and long-term stays in a Marriott-owned apartment in Chevy Chase, Maryland, as well as flights back to Austin.

    SEC overspent on ex-official's expenses: watchdog

  • The probe is examining whether Infosys Technologies Ltd. used inexpensive, easy-to-obtain visas meant to cover short-term business visits to the U.S.—instead of the appropriate, but harder to get, work visas—to bring in an unknown number of its employees for longer-term stays, according to people familiar with the matter.

    U.S. Probes Infosys Over Visas

  • Description: The planet Orban, with Precolumbian Teotihuacan-culture antecedents and Aztec type pyramids, has made impressive scientific progress, and brings Sam a naquadah reactor to study; when she demands an instructor, Orban official Kalan surprises SG-1 by saying that he does not know what an instructor is, but 11 year-old Merrin stays on base to teach Carter.

    Stargate SG-1 Watchathon - 'Learning Curve' (S03E05)

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  • I'd like to know WHY the word "stays" began to be used in the 18th century. I've read "stays" were also ropes (and metal supports?) on a ship to help tie things down...help things STAY put. Because "stays" is used in a time when whaling was an integral process in the garments' production, is it possible there's a connection? Yes, a different garment from a corset (highly stiffened) and a "pair of bodys," worn primarily on the outside...but why the word "stays?"

    December 27, 2012

  • Also "pair of stays." In the plural, a laced underbodice, stiffened by the insertion of strips of whale-bone, metal, or wood, worn by women (sometimes by men) to give shape and support to the figure. The use of the plural is due to the fact that stays were originally made in two pieces laced together. Like a corset, but not quite the same (esp. as worn in the eighteenth century).

    February 13, 2007