stage

A stage is a certain phase, like the toddler stage, when kids learn to walk and talk. Another kind of stage is a platform for a performance, although according to Shakespeare, “All the world's a stage.”

There are stages of life, development, and grief — and stages of a rocket launch. Another kind of stage is the one that actors, singers, and puppet masters perform on. The profession of theater acting itself is in fact sometimes referred to as "the stage," and to put on a play is to stage it. A "stage whisper" is one between actors that's loud enough for the audience to hear, and a "stage name" is an actor's professional name.

Primary Meanings of stage

1.
n
any distinct time period in a sequence of events
2.
nv
a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience
perform (a play), especially on a stage
3.
n
a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns
4.
n
a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination
Full Definitions of stage
1

n 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”
Synonyms:
phase
Types:
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diakinesis
the final stage of the prophase of meiosis
diplotene
the fourth stage of the prophase of meiosis
leptotene
the first stage of the prophase of meiosis
pachytene
the third stage of the prophase of meiosis
phase of cell division
a stage in meiosis or mitosis
zygotene
the second stage of the prophase of meiosis
anal phase, anal stage
(psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
genital phase, genital stage
(psychoanalysis) the fifth sexual and social stage in a person's development occurring during adolescence; interest focuses on sexual activity
latency period, latency phase, latency stage
(psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities
oral phase, oral stage
(psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting
phallic phase, phallic stage
(psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure
chapter
any distinct period in history or in a person's life
incubation
(pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
fertile period, fertile phase
the time in the menstrual cycle when fertilization is most likely to be possible (7 days before to 7 days after ovulation)
menstrual phase
the phase of the menstrual cycle during which the lining of the uterus is shed (the first day of menstrual flow is considered day 1 of the menstrual cycle)
musth
an annual phase of heightened sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals (especially elephants); is associated with discharge from a gland between the eye and ear
luteal phase, secretory phase
the second half of the menstrual cycle after ovulation; the corpus luteum secretes progesterone which prepares the endometrium for the implantation of an embryo; if fertilization does not occur then menstrual flow begins
generation
a stage of technological development or innovation
apogee, culmination
a final climactic stage
seedtime
any time of new development
safe period
that time during a woman's menstrual cycle during which conception is least likely to occur (usually immediately before of after menstruation)
anaphase
the stage of meiosis or mitosis when chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle
metaphase
the second stage of mitosis
metaphase
the second stage of meiosis
prophase
the first stage of mitosis
prophase
the first stage of meiosis
telophase
the final stage of mitosis
telophase
the final stage of meiosis when the chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

“at what stage are the social sciences?”
Synonyms:
degree, level, point
Types:
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ladder
ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top
the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
extent
the point or degree to which something extends
end point, resultant
the final point in a process
standard of life, standard of living
a level of material comfort in terms of goods and services available to someone or some group
plane
a level of existence or development
state of the art
the highest degree of development of an art or technique at a particular time
ultimacy, ultimateness
the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance, "the ultimacy of these social values"
quickening
the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
climax
the most severe stage of a disease
extremity
the greatest or utmost degree
profoundness
extremeness of degree
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n a section or portion of a journey or course

“then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise”
Synonyms:
leg
Types:
fare-stage
a section along the route of a bus for which the fare is the same
Type of:
travel, traveling, travelling
the act of going from one place to another
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n 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”
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downstage
the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)
mise en scene, setting, stage setting
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
apron, forestage, proscenium
the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)
theater stage, theatre stage
a stage in a theater on which actors can perform
backstage, offstage, wing
a stage area out of sight of the audience
boards
the stage of a theater
thrust stage
a theater stage that extends out into the audience's part of a theater and has seats on three sides
Type of:
platform
a raised horizontal surface

n the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')

“an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage
Type of:
dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theater, theatre
the art of writing and producing plays

n 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”
Type of:
scene
the place where some action occurs

v perform (a play), especially on a stage

“we are going to stage `Othello'”
Synonyms:
present, represent
Types:
localise, localize, place, set
locate
Type of:
re-create
create anew

v plan, organize, and carry out (an event)

“the neighboring tribe staged an invasion”
Synonyms:
arrange
Types:
dogfight
arrange for an illegal dogfight
tee up
make detailed arrangements or preparations
phase
arrange in phases or stages
Type of:
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
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n 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”
Synonyms:
stagecoach
Type of:
coach, coach-and-four, four-in-hand
a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
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n a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination

Synonyms:
microscope stage
Type of:
platform
a raised horizontal surface

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