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Stay, subst. 1) continuance in a place; forbearance of departure: Lucr. 328. “my s. must be stolen out of other affairs,” Meas. III, 1, 158. “your s. with him may not be long,” Meas. III, 1, 158 IV, 1, 44. Wint. I, 2, 16. Wint. I, 2, 16 Wint. I, 2, 16 R2 II, 1, 223. V, 5, 95. H5 V Chor. H5 V Chor. H6A IV, 6, 40. Rom. I, 1, 164. Oth. I, 3, 277. “I make some s.” Mids. III, 2, 87.
2) continuance in a state: “this inconstant s.” Sonn. 15, 9 (== transitoriness).
3) delay, tarrying: “no more of s.; to-morrow thou must go,” Gent. I, 3, 75. “no bed shall e'er be guilty of my s.” Merch. III, 2, 328. “our dinner will not recompense this long s.” Tim. III, 6, 35. “make no s.” Mids. V, 428. “let's make no s.” Tim. III, 6, 128.
4) prop, support: “what hope, what s.” John V, 7, 68. “these feet, whose strengthless s. is numb,” H6A II, 5, 13. H6B II, 3, 25. H6C II, 1, 69. R3 II, 2, 74. R3 II, 2, 74 R3 II, 2, 74 Troil. V, 3, 60.
5) The imperative of the verb used substantively: “here's a s. that shakes the rotten carcass of old death out of his rags,” John II, 455 (i. e. a word of command: stay! == stand! hold! stop! German: ein Halt).
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