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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stage \Stage\ (st[=a]j), noun [OF. estage, F. ['e]tage, (assumed) LL. staticum, from L. stare to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {Static}.]

1. A floor or story of a house. [Obs.] --Wyclif.

2. An elevated platform on which an orator may speak, a play be performed, an exhibition be presented, or the like.

3. A floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, or the like; a scaffold; a staging.

4. A platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf.

5. The floor for scenic performances; hence, the theater; the playhouse; hence, also, the profession of representing dramatic compositions; the drama, as acted or exhibited.

Knights, squires, and steeds, must enter on the stage. --Pope.

Lo! where the stage, the poor, degraded stage, Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age. --C. Sprague.

6. A place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of any noted action or career; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs; as, politicians must live their lives on the public stage. [1913 Webster +PJC]

When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools. --Shak.

Music and ethereal mirth Wherewith the stage of air and earth did ring. --Miton.

7. The platform of a microscope, upon which an object is placed to be viewed. See Illust. of {Microscope}.

8. A place of rest on a regularly traveled road; a stage house; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses.

9. 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; as, a stage of ten miles.

A stage . . . signifies a certain distance on a road. --Jeffrey.

He traveled by gig, with his wife, his favorite horse performing the journey by easy stages. --Smiles.

10. A degree of advancement in any pursuit, or of progress toward an end or result.

Such a polity is suited only to a particular stage in the progress of society. --Macaulay.

11. A large vehicle running from station to station for the accommodation of the public; a stagecoach; an omnibus. "A parcel sent you by the stage." --Cowper. [Obsolescent]

I went in the sixpenny stage. --Swift.

12. (Biol.) One of several marked phases or periods in the development and growth of many animals and plants; as, the larval stage; pupa stage; zoea stage.

{Stage box}, a box close to the stage in a theater.

{Stage carriage}, a stagecoach.

{Stage door}, the actors' and workmen's entrance to a theater.

{Stage lights}, the lights by which the stage in a theater is illuminated.

{Stage micrometer}, a graduated device applied to the stage of a microscope for measuring the size of an object.

{Stage wagon}, a wagon which runs between two places for conveying passengers or goods.

{Stage whisper}, a loud whisper, as by an actor in a theater, supposed, for dramatic effect, to be unheard by one or more of his fellow actors, yet audible to the audience; an aside.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stage \Stage\ (st[=a]j), verb (used with an object) To exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

stage

noun

1: any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected" [syn: {phase}, {stage}]

2: a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?" [syn: {degree}, {level}, {stage}, {point}]

3: a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"

4: the theater as a profession (usually 'the stage'); "an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"

5: a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns; "we went out of town together by stage about ten or twelve miles" [syn: {stagecoach}, {stage}]

6: a section or portion of a journey or course; "then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise" [syn: {stage}, {leg}]

7: any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something; "All the world's a stage"--Shakespeare; "it set the stage for peaceful negotiations"

8: a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination [syn: {stage}, {microscope stage}]

verb

1: perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage 'Othello'" [syn: {stage}, {present}, {represent}]

2: plan, organize, and carry out (an event); "the neighboring tribe staged an invasion" [syn: {stage}, {arrange}]

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