(Stag"nate) a. Stagnant. [Obs.] "A stagnate mass of vapors." Young.
(Stag*na"tion) n. [Cf. F. stagnation.]
1. The condition of being stagnant; cessation of flowing or circulation, as of a fluid; the state of being
motionless; as, the stagnation of the blood; the stagnation of water or air; the stagnation of vapors.
2. The cessation of action, or of brisk action; the state of being dull; as, the stagnation of business.
(Stag"worm) n. (Zoöl.) The larve of any species of botfly which is parasitic upon the stag, as
&OEligstrus, or Hypoderma, actæon, which burrows beneath the skin, and Cephalomyia auribarbis, which
lives in the nostrils.
(Stahl"ian) a. Pertaining to, or taught by, Stahl, a German physician and chemist of the 17th
century; as, the Stahlian theory of phlogiston.
(Stahl"ian), n. A believer in, or advocate of, Stahlism.
(Stahl"ism Stahl"ian*ism) , n. The Stahlian theory, that every vital action is function or operation
of the soul.
(Staid) imp. & p. p. of Stay.
(Staid), a. [From Stay to stop.] Sober; grave; steady; sedate; composed; regular; not wild, volatile, or
fanciful. "Sober and staid persons." Addison.
O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue.Milton.
Syn. Sober; grave; steady; steadfast; composed; regular; sedate.
(Staid"ly), adv. In a staid manner, sedately.
(Staid"ness), n. The quality or state of being staid; seriousness; steadiness; sedateness; regularity;
the opposite of wildness, or levity.
If sometimes he appears too gray, yet a secret gracefulness of youth accompanies his writings, though
the staidness and sobriety of age wanting.Dryden.
Syn. Sobriety; gravity; steadiness; regularity; constancy; firmness; stability; sedateness.
(Stail) n. A handle, as of a mop; a stale. [Eng.]
(Stain) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Staining.] [Abbrev. fr. distain.]
1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor
stained with blood.
2. To color, as wood, glass, paper, cloth, or the like, by processess affecting, chemically or otherwise,
the material itself; to tinge with a color or colors combining with, or penetrating, the substance; to dye; as,
to stain wood with acids, colored washes, paint rubbed in, etc.; to stain glass.
3. To spot with guilt or infamy; to bring reproach on; to blot; to soil; to tarnish.
Of honor void,Milton.
Of innocence, of faith, of purity,
Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.