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Usage statistics for the noun stage:

spoken English40%written English60% conversational speech22.83%task-oriented speech77.17% imaginative writing28.06%informational writing71.94%
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The word stage is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun stage

What does stage mean as a name of something?

Stage is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: stages

  1. any distinct time period in a sequence of events
    • example: we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of stage: phase
    • more generic terms: period / period of time / time period = an amount of time
    • more specific terms:
      • 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 = the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
      • genital phase / genital stage = the fifth sexual and social stage in a person's development occurring during adolescence
      • latency period / latency phase / latency stage = 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 = the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development
      • phallic phase / phallic stage = 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 = 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
      • menstrual phase = the phase of the menstrual cycle during which the lining of the uterus is shed
      • musth = an annual phase of heightened sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals
      • secretory phase / luteal 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
      • generation = a stage of technological development or innovation
      • culmination / apogee = 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
  2. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
  3. a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience
    • example: he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: platform = a raised horizontal surface
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: house / theater / theatre = a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
    • parts:
  4. the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')
  5. a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns
    • example: we went out of town together by stage about ten or twelve miles
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of stage: stagecoach
    • more generic words: coach / coach-and-four / four-in-hand = a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
  6. a section or portion of a journey or course
    • example: then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of stage: leg
    • more generic words: travel / traveling / travelling = the act of going from one place to another
    • more specific word: fare-stage = a section along the route of a bus for which the fare is the same
    • part of: journey / journeying = the act of traveling from one place to another
  7. any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something
    • examples: All the world's a stage | it set the stage for peaceful negotiations
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic word: scene = the place where some action occurs
  8. a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination

Alternative definition of the noun stage


  1. a phase
  2. The area, in any theatre, generally raised, upon which an audience watches plays or other public ceremonies.
  3. Short for stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers
  4. [electronics] the number of an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
  5. The place on a microscope where the slide is placed
  6. A level in a game.
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Specialised definition of the noun stage

Glossary of sports / cycling

individual road races, critériums, time trials or team time trials that make up a stage race (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb stage

What does stage mean as a doing word?

Stage is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: staged | staging | stages

  1. perform (a play), especially on a stage
    • examples: we are going to stage `Othello' | Did he stage his major works over a short period of time?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]David dug me a hole | Donna fixed me a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]David constructed a house | Donna fixed a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] as [Oblique]They designed the Westinghouse-Mitsubishi venture as a non-equity transaction
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]David dug a hole for me | Donna fixed a sandwich for me
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]David constructed a house out of sticks

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): conjure, design, dig, mint, publish, rearrange, reconstitute, reorganize, schedule.

    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of stage: present / represent
    • more generic word: re-create = create anew
    • more specific words: localise / localize / place / set = locate
  2. plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
    • example: the neighboring tribe staged an invasion
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Zellig Harris established Penn's linguistics department

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): constitute, innovate, machinate, pioneer.

    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of stage: arrange
    • more generic words: initiate / pioneer = take the lead or initiative in
    • more specific terms:
      • dogfight = arrange for an illegal dogfight
      • tee up = make detailed arrangements or preparations
      • phase = arrange in phases or stages

Alternative definition of the verb stage


  1. To produce on a stage, to perform a play.
  2. To demonstrate in a deceptive manner.
  3. (Of a protest or strike etc.) To carry out.
  4. To pause or wait at a designated location.


STAGE is an Aviation waypoint.


  1. Stage a.k.a. Dave Williams: David Wayne Williams was an American vocalist best known as the lead singer for the metal band Drowning Pool.
  2. Stage is a Canadian hip-hop artist.
    • also known as Steve Page
    • born in British Columbia
    • nationality: Canada
    • profession: Music artist
    • album: "Fresh Hell EP"
    • nomination: - nominated to Independent Music Award for Best EP - Urban (Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B/Soul) - "Fresh Hell EP"

There are other people with in their name, like Stage One, Wm. Stage, Mads Stage, Stage Lacroix, Clarnell Stage, The Next Stage, William Stage Boyd and William "Stage" Boyd.


  1. Stage is a musical group.
    • album: "Stage"
  2. Stage is a musical group.
    • album: "The Prisoner of Your Love"

There are other groups with in their name, like Stage Two, Dark Stage, Stage Kids, Final Stage, Stage Dolls, Stage Frite, Center Stage, Stage Bottles, Overland Stage, The Awkward Stage, Kashmere Stage Band, Stage Door Orchestra, Larval stage planning and The Dana Legg Stage Band.


Stage a.k.a. Stage Stores Inc.: Stage Stores, Inc. is a department store company specializing in retailing desirable brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and housewares to small towns and communities throughout the United States. The corporate office is located in Houston, Texas.


  1. "Stage" is David Bowie's second live album, recorded on the Isolar II world tour, and released by RCA Records in 1978. First UK pressings were on translucent yellow vinyl and some European pressings were also available on blue vinyl. Though it was rumoured at the time that this would be his final outing with the label, following dissatisfaction over the promotion of Low and "Heroes", Bowie would in fact remain with RCA until 1982.
  2. "Stage" is a live album released by the American hard rock band Great White in 1995. It was put together by Alan Niven, Great White's former manager, as a contractual release for Zoo Entertainment. The first six tracks of the CD come from a 1994 House of Blues benefit concert and the other songs from a 1993 Anaheim show, several tracks of which were previously featured as a bonus on the studio album Sail Away. The initial Japanese pressing was a two-disc set, and featured one bonus track for each show.
    • also known as Stage (disc 2), Stage (disc 1)
    • genres: Glam rock, Hard rock
    • released in (20 years ago)
  3. "Stage" is a live compilation of Keller Williams's 2003 tour and is divided into 2 CDs. Stage Left, features songs from the west coast shows, and Stage Right containing songs from the east coast leg of the tour. The collection includes a wide range of covers including songs by The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, David Bowie & Queen, Van Morrison, Sugar Hill Gang and Michael Jackson.
  4. "Stage" is a musical single of New Look.
    • released in (30 years ago)
  5. "Stage" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  6. "Stage" is a musical album of Stage.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  7. "Stage" is a musical album of Steinbrüchel.
    • released in (9 years ago)


  1. Stage: In chronostratigraphy, a stage is a succession of rock strata laid down in a single age on the geologic timescale, which usually represents millions of years of deposition. A given stage of rock and the corresponding age of time will by convention have the same name, and the same boundaries.
    • also known as Faunal stage
  2. Stage a.k.a. Race stage: In sports, a stage, or leg, or heat, is a unit of a race which has been divided in several parts for the reason such as length of the distance to be covered, as in a multi-day event. Usually, such a race consists of "ordinary" stages, but sometimes stages are held as an individual time trial or a team time trial. Long races such as the Tour de France, Absa Cape Epic or the Giro d'Italia are known for their stages of one day each, whereas the boat sailing VELUX 5 Oceans Race is broken down in usually four stages of several weeks duration each, where the competitors are racing continuously day and night. In bicycling and running events, a race with stages is known as a stage race.
  3. Stage: Staging is an unpaid internship when a cook or chef works briefly, for free, in another chef's kitchen to learn and be exposed to new techniques and cuisines. The term originates from the French word stagiaire meaning trainee, apprentice or intern. The French term commis is often used interchangeably with the aforementioned terms. The individual completing this activity is referred to as a stage, stagiaire, commis or volontaire.
  4. Stage: In hydrology, stage refers to the water level in a river or stream with respect to a chosen reference height. Stage is important because direct measurements of river discharge are very difficult while water surface elevation measurements are comparatively easy. In order to convert stage into discharge, scientists can use a combination of tracer studies, observations of high water marks, numerical modeling, and/or satellite or aerial photography. The relationship between stage and discharge is called a rating curve.
  5. Stage is a Free Software multiple-robot simulator. It is widely used in the robotics research community. It is part of the Player/Stage Project. Stage is maintained by Richard Vaughan and Toby Collett.
  6. Stage the theme is used for.
  7. Stage is a website.

Phrases with Stage

Phrases starting with the word Stage:

  1. Stage Mom
  2. stage set
  3. Stage Ball
  4. stage crew
  5. stage door
  6. Stage Fear
  7. stage left
  8. stage name
  9. Stage Race
  10. stage right
  11. stage screw

Phrases ending with the word Stage:

  1. Key Stage
  2. anal stage
  3. fare-stage
  4. left stage
  5. oral stage
  6. take stage
  7. Flood stage
  8. right stage
  9. Sound stage

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stage

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Google previewBox of Chocolates: Piece of my Mind

by Keturah (ToriW) Wasler

The First Stage is the Sitting Set. This set is done while either sitting on the floor, or if you have a weak back, you may sit in a chair. This practice allows the energy pathways to open up, remove any restrictions, and enhance the flow of Qi along ...

Google previewEconomic Logic Fourth Edition (2013)

by Mark Skousen

The first stage is the farmer growing wheat. The farmer plants, fertilizes, and harvests the wheat at a certain cost, and sells the wheat to the miller for a profit. The second stage is the miller's threshing of the wheat and grinding it into flour.

Google previewDigital Solutions for Contemporary Democracy and Government (2015)

by Kelvin Joseph Bwalya, Stephen M. Mutula

The second stage is the Enhanced Presence where more reports and laws exist online. Moreover, there is the option for the user to use a search engine so as to find the available online documents. The third stage is the Interactive Presence.

Google previewA Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India: On sounds (1872)

by John Beames

of growth are well marked in the abstract, though we cannot point to any language which has gone through all the stages within historical times. The first stage is that in which all words are monosyllables without inflections or power of internal ...

Google previewInterpreting The Sacred (2000)

by William Paden

A subsequent stage is that of rationality, marking a divide between prerational and postrational religious experience. Following the rational stage is the existential one, a kind of “higher” mental ability that allows one to begin unifying the ...

Google previewOn Sounds (1872)

The first stage is that in which all words are monosyllables without inflections or power of internal modification; and when strung together to make sentences, the same word is at one time a verb, at another a noun, at a third a particle, according ...

Google previewMahamudra (2014)

The Moonlight -- Quintessence of Mind and Meditation by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal

How stains of the mind are purified Ie Gomchung comments: The stain on the one —pointed stage is the mind's clinging to substantive reality. The stain on the nondiscriminatory stage is the nondetermination of the inner essence. The stain on ...

Google previewWeb Services, E-Business, and the Semantic Web (2004)

Second International Workshop, WES 2003, Klagenfurt, Austria, June 16-17, 2003, Revised Selected Papers by Christoph Bussler, Maria E. Orlowska, Jian Yang

Introduction To be able to monitor multi-partner contracts at the contract fulfillment stage is the key for realizing a reliable, flexible,

Generally a contract has two stages, the first stage is a contract establishment stage, which includes contract ...

Google previewJESUS NEVER WASTES PAIN (2014)

But Can Bring Eternal Gain by Keturah C. Martin

The first stage is that of being a victim. A victim is somebody who is trapped in a situation of danger, threat, harm, traumata, and/or abuse. Victims are helpless to escape or stop the damage and pain being perpetrated against them, whether it ...

Google previewSWAG 101 (2013)

Invisible Mechanics, Perfect Collisions and .400 Hitters by Rob Crews

The stage is that situation in the game that we daydream about. Three seconds left in the...

Google previewCentennial History of the City of Washington, D. C. (1892)

With Full Outline of the Natural Advantages, Accounts of the Indian Tribes, Selection of the Site, Founding of the City ... to the Present Time by Harvey W. Crew

The first stage is that of the origin and development of the unknown ancestor of the race; the second stage is that of the human prototype, who manufactured and used rude implements in an unknown way and for unknown purposes; the third ...

Google previewMeasurement and Instrumentation in Engineering (1989)

Principles and Basic Laboratory Experiments by Francis S. Tse, Ivan E. Morse

The first stage is the sensor or detector. Its function...

The first stage is the sensor, the second stage for signal conditioning consists of the amplifier and filter, and the terminal stage is an oscilloscope for monitoring the cutting force. The sensor ...

Google preview14 Fun Facts About the Space Shuttle: A 15-Minute Book

Educational Version by Jeannie Meekins

The first stage is the launch. If the shuttle does not get off the ground, there is no mission. Launches can be abandoned due to mechanical problems or bad weather. The second stage is the work in orbit. The shuttle delivers its payload to a ...

Google previewThe Bioelectrical Investigation of Sexuality and Anxiety (1982)

by Wilhelm Reich

The second stage is an increase in electrical charge at the surface (rising to climax). The third stage is the discharge of the accumulated potential through involuntary muscle contraction. The fourth stage is the mechanical relaxation following ...

Google previewA Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers, and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 (1978)

Eagan to Garrett by Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

In manuscripts now at the British Museum, Reed noted for 9 September 1760 that "Mr Fleetwood quitted the stage." It was a premature notation, however, for Fleetwood became a member of the company at Crow Street, Dublin, in November of ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Stage A: The cancer is microscopic, there are no symptoms, and it cannot be detected by a digital rectal exam. A prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test might show elevated antigen levels, as will a biopsy. Stage B: There are probably no notable ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Postmodernism (2002)

by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

The mirror stage describes the process by which subjectivity comes into being, according to the psychoanalysis of Jacques...

The mirror stage stands as a fundamental component in the inauguration of Lacan's thought, even as it undergoes ...

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Usage statistics about stage

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun stage:

spoken English40%written English60% conversational speech22.83%task-oriented speech77.17% imaginative writing28.06%informational writing71.94%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stage:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stage:


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Sign language

Sign Language Poetry Open Stage

Information about Open Stage poetry night at porter's pub UCSD on october 22 2011.

Quotes about Stage

Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage. (Auguste Comte)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1G2E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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