|1.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||time_period apogee chapter pachytene leptotene phase_of_cell_division anal_stage genital_stage latency_stage diplotene menstrual_phase diakinesis secretory_phase zygotene seedtime safe_period phallic_phase fertile_period incubation musth generation oral_stage phase|
|2.||[ noun ] a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process|
|Synonyms:||degree point level|
"a remarkable degree of frankness" "at what stage are the social sciences?"
|Related terms:||state extent acme plane standard_of_living quickening climax ultimateness state_of_the_art ladder resultant|
|3.||[ noun ] (theater) 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"
|Related terms:||platform wing mise_en_scene proscenium theater_stage theater stage_left stage_right|
|4.||[ noun ] (usually "the stage"); the theater as a profession|
"an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"
|5.||[ noun ] 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"
|6.||[ noun ] (transportation) 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"
|7.||[ noun ] (transportation) a section or portion of a journey or course|
"then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"
|Related terms:||travel fare-stage journey|
|8.||[ verb ] (theater) perform (a play), esp. on a stage|
"we are going to stage "Othello"
|Related terms:||re-create set performing_arts stage_manager|
|9.||[ verb ] plan, organize, and carry out (an event)|
|Related terms:||initiate dogfight phase tee_up|
|10.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11446|
|11.||[ noun ] a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination|