AskDefine | Define stays

Dictionary Definition

stays n : a woman's close-fitting foundation garment [syn: corset, girdle]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Plural of stay
  2. A corset.


  1. third-person singular of stay

Extensive Definition

Stay may refer to:


  • Stays (nautical), the heavy ropes, wires, or rods on sailing vessels that run from the masts to the hull
  • Guy-wire, a metal wire used to support tall structures, such as radio masts
  • Bone (corsetry), one of the rigid parts of a corset
  • A part of a steam locomotive's firebox
  • A small rigid piece used to maintain the point of a men's dress shirt collar


  • Two types of court order, either of which may be called simply a stay:
    • Stay of execution, a ruling to temporarily suspend the enforcement of a court judgment—often, but not always, referring to a stay of a death sentence
    • Stay of proceedings, a ruling halting further legal process in a trial



stays in Spanish: Stay
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