Definition for STAYS

STAYS, n. [plur.]

  1. A boddice; a kind of waistcoat stiffened with whalebone or other thing, worn by females. – Gay.
  2. Stays, of a ship. [See Stay.]
  3. Station; fixed anchorage. – Sidney.
  4. Any support; that which keeps another extended. Weavers, stretch your stays upon the weft. – Dryden.

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