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Stage, subst. 1) a temporary structure, a scaffold: “that these bodies high on a s. be placed to the view,” Hml. V, 2, 389. Hml. V, 2, 389
2) the floor on which theatrical performances are exhibited (often in a figurative sense): Lucr. 278. Lucr. 278 Sonn. 15, 3. 23, 1. Mids. III, 1, 4. Merch. I, 1, 78. As II, 7, 139. Tw. III, 4, 140. Wint. V, 1, 58. R2 V, 2, 24. H4B I, 1, 155. H4B I, 1, 155. Epil. H4B I, 1, 155 H4B I, 1, 155. Mcb. II, 4, 6. V, 5, 25. Hml. II, 2, 358. Hml. II, 2, 358 Lr. IV, 6, 187. Per. III Prol. 59.
3) a single step of gradual process: “supplying every s. with an augmented greeting,” Ant. III, 6, 54. “to learn of me the --s of our story,” Per. IV, 4, 9.
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