From Middle English stage, from Old French estage (“story of a building, performance stage, floor, loft”), from Vulgar Latin *stāticum (“standing-place”), from Latin stāre (“to stand”). Cognate with Old English stæde, stede (“state, status, standing, place”). More at stead.
stage (plural stages)
- A phase.
He is in the recovery stage of his illness.
Completion of an identifiable stage of maintenance such as removing an aircraft engine for repair or storage.
- Thomas Macaulay (1800–1859)
- Such a polity is suited only to a particular stage in the progress of society.
2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
- Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […]. Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. […] But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.
- A platform, generally elevated, upon which show performances or other public events are given.
The band returned to the stage to play an encore.
- A floor or storey of a house.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
- A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, etc.; scaffolding; staging.
- A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf.
- A stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers.
The stage pulled into town carrying the payroll for the mill and three ladies.
- (dated) A place of rest on a regularly travelled road; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses.
- (dated) 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.
a stage of ten miles
- (electronics) The number of an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter
- The place on a microscope where the slide is located for viewing.
- (video games) A level; one of the sequential areas making up the game.
How do you get past the flying creatures in the third stage?
- A place where anything is publicly exhibited, or a remarkable affair occurs; the scene.
- William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
- When we are born, we cry that we are come / To this stage of fools.
- John Milton (1608–1674)
- Music and ethereal mirth / Wherewith the stage of air and earth did ring.
2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC:
- Rooney's United team-mate Chris Smalling was given his debut at right-back and was able to adjust to the international stage in relatively relaxed fashion as Bulgaria barely posed a threat of any consequence.
- William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
- (geology) The succession of rock strata laid down in a single age on the geologic time scale.
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- To produce on a stage, to perform a play.
- The local theater group will stage "Pride and Prejudice".
- To demonstrate in a deceptive manner.
- The salesman’s demonstration of the new cleanser was staged to make it appear highly effective.
- (Of a protest or strike etc.) To carry out.
- To place in position to prepare for use.
- We staged the cars to be ready for the start, then waited for the starter to drop the flag.
- to stage data to be written at a later time
(Demonstrate in a deceptive manner)
- Hyphenation: sta‧ge
From Medieval Latin stagium, itself from Old French estage: ester + -age (modern French étage). Cognates and borrowings are common in other European languages, including Italian stage, Czech stáž, Dutch stage and Serbo-Croatian staž.
stage m (plural stages)
- internship, job that a trainee is doing in a workplace until a fixed date
Ce jeune homme avait déjà fait un stage de ce genre auprès d’un des ministres tombés en 1827;(Honoré de Balzac, Modeste Mignon, 1844)
- This young man has already done an internship of this kind with one of the ministers who had fallen in 1827;
- probation, induction
- “stage” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).