Stay busk
Stay Stay, n. [Cf. OF. estai, F. ['e]tai support, and E. stay a rope to support a mast.] 1. That which serves as a prop; a support. ``My only strength and stay.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Trees serve as so many stays for their vines. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Lord Liverpool is the single stay of this ministry. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material, worn by women, and rarely by men. [1913 Webster]

How the strait stays the slender waist constrain. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

3. Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time; sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city. [1913 Webster]

Make haste, and leave thy business and thy care; No mortal interest can be worth thy stay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Embrace the hero and his stay implore. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

4. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop. [1913 Webster]

Made of sphere metal, never to decay Until his revolution was at stay. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Affairs of state seemed rather to stand at a stay. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

5. Hindrance; let; check. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They were able to read good authors without any stay, if the book were not false. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]

6. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness; sobriety. [Obs.] ``Not grudging that thy lust hath bounds and stays.'' --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

The wisdom, stay, and moderation of the king. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

With prudent stay he long deferred The rough contention. --Philips. [1913 Webster]

7. (Engin.) Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts together, or stiffen them. [1913 Webster]

{Stay bolt} (Mech.), a bolt or short rod, connecting opposite plates, so as to prevent them from being bulged out when acted upon by a pressure which tends to force them apart, as in the leg of a steam boiler.

{Stay busk}, a stiff piece of wood, steel, or whalebone, for the front support of a woman's stays. Cf. {Busk}.

{Stay rod}, a rod which acts as a stay, particularly in a steam boiler. [1913 Webster]


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  • Stay — Stay, n. [Cf. OF. estai, F. [ e]tai support, and E. stay a rope to support a mast.] 1. That which serves as a prop; a support. My only strength and stay. Milton. [1913 Webster] Trees serve as so many stays for their vines. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stay bolt — Stay Stay, n. [Cf. OF. estai, F. [ e]tai support, and E. stay a rope to support a mast.] 1. That which serves as a prop; a support. My only strength and stay. Milton. [1913 Webster] Trees serve as so many stays for their vines. Addison. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stay rod — Stay Stay, n. [Cf. OF. estai, F. [ e]tai support, and E. stay a rope to support a mast.] 1. That which serves as a prop; a support. My only strength and stay. Milton. [1913 Webster] Trees serve as so many stays for their vines. Addison. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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