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{adj: Modern, New} used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
"Modern English"
"New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"

{adj: Old} of a very early stage in development
"Old English is also called Anglo Saxon"
"Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"

{adj: aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial} having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
"aboriginal forests"
"primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"
"the forest primeval"
"primordial matter"
"primordial forms of life"

{adj: actable} capable of being acted; suitable for the stage
"an actable scene"
<-> unactable

{adj: advanced} comparatively late in a course of development
"the illness had reached an advanced stage"
"an advanced state of exhaustion"

{adj: aged} at an advanced stage of erosion (pronounced as one syllable)
"aged rocks"

{adj: alpha} early testing stage of a software or hardware product
"alpha version"

{adj: anal, anal retentive} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
<-> oral

{adj: anaphasic} of or related to the stage of mitosis known as anaphase

{adj: arranged, staged} deliberately arranged for effect
"one of those artfully staged photographs"

{adj: at bay, cornered, trapped, treed} forced to turn and face attackers
"a stag at bay"
"she had me cornered between the porch and her car"
"like a trapped animal"

{adj: beta} preliminary or testing stage of a software or hardware product
"a beta version"
"beta software"

{adj: big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, large, heavy, with child} in an advanced stage of pregnancy
"was big with child"
"was great with child"

{adj: bit-by-bit, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step, stepwise} one thing at a time

{adj: bizarre, eccentric, freakish, freaky, flaky, flakey, gonzo, off-the-wall, outlandish, outre} conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
"restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit"
"famed for his eccentric spelling"
"a freakish combination of styles"
"his off-the-wall antics"
"the outlandish clothes of teenagers"
"outre and affected stage antics"

{adj: bright} having lots of light either natural or artificial
"the room was bright and airy"
"a stage bright with spotlights"

{adj: bright} splendid
"the bright stars of stage and screen"
"a bright moment in history"
"the bright pageantry of court"

{adj: caducous, shed} shed at an early stage of development
"most amphibians have caducous gills"
"the caducous calyx of a poppy"
<-> persistent

{adj: closing} final or ending
"the closing stages of the election"
"the closing weeks of the year"
"the closing scene of the film"
"closing remarks"
<-> opening

{adj: composed} serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially in times of stress
"the performer seemed completely composed as she stepped onto the stage"
"I felt calm and more composed than I had in a long time"
<-> discomposed

{adj: critical} being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency
"a critical shortage of food"
"a critical illness"
"an illness at the critical stage"
<-> noncritical

{adj: crude, primitive, rude} belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
"the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"
"primitive movies of the 1890s"
"primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"

{adj: distinguishable} capable of being perceived as different or distinct
"only the shine of their metal was distinguishable in the gloom"
"a project distinguishable into four stages of progress"
"distinguishable differences between the twins"
<-> indistinguishable

{adj: downstage} of the front half of a stage
<-> upstage

{adj: early} being or occurring at an early stage of development
"in an early stage"
"early forms of life"
"early man"
"an early computer"
<-> late

{adj: early} of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
"the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."
"Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"
<-> middle, late

{adj: embryonic, embryologic, embryonal} of an organism prior to birth or hatching
"in the embryonic stage"
"embryologic development"

{adj: embryonic, embryotic} in an early stage of development
"the embryonic government staffed by survivors of the massacre"
"an embryonic nation, not yet self-governing"

{adj: epimorphic} characterized by incomplete metamorphosis; having the same number of body segments in successive stages

{adj: free-flying} able to fly through the air (as a bird)
"three chicks were raised to the free-flying stage"

{adj: future, later, ulterior} coming at a subsequent time or stage
"the future president entered college at the age of 16"
"awaiting future actions on the bill"
"later developments"
"without ulterior argument"

{adj: gradual} proceeding in small stages
"a gradual increase in prices"
<-> sudden

{adj: heteroecious} of parasites; passing through different stages of the life cycle on different host species
"heteroecious fungi"
"heteroecious insects"
<-> autoecious

{adj: heterometabolous, heterometabolic} (of an insect) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the nymph is essentially like the adult and there is no pupal stage

{adj: histrionic, melodramatic} characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected
"histrionic gestures"
"an attitude of melodramatic despair"
"a theatrical pose"

{adj: illusional, illusionary} marked by or producing illusion
"illusionary stage effects"

{adj: imperial, majestic, purple, regal, royal} belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
"golden age of imperial splendor"
"purple tyrant"
"regal attire"
"treated with royal acclaim"
"the royal carriage of a stag's head"

{adj: inchoative} beginning to develop
"inchoative stages"

{adj: intermediate} lying between two extremes in time or space or degree
"going from sitting to standing without intermediate pushes with the hands"
"intermediate stages in a process"
"intermediate stops on the route"
"an intermediate level"
<-> first, last

{adj: larval} immature of its kind; especially being or characteristic of immature insects in the newly hatched wormlike feeding stage
"larval societies"
"larval crayfishes"
"the larval stage"

{adj: late, later} at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
"the late phase of feudalism"
"a later symptom of the disease"
"later medical science could have saved the child"
<-> early

{adj: late} of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
"Late Greek"
<-> early, middle

{adj: lyric} relating to or being musical drama
"the lyric stage"

{adj: metamorphic, metamorphous} of or relating to metamorphosis (especially of rocks)
"metamorphic stage"
"marble is a metamorphic rock that takes a high polish"

{adj: metamorphous} produced by metamorphosis
"most insects are metamorphic as witness the stages as a butterfly develops from a caterpillar"

{adj: middle} of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages
"Middle English is the English language from about 1100 to 1500"
"Middle Gaelic"
<-> late, early

{adj: mimic} constituting an imitation
"the mimic warfare of the opera stage"- Archibald Alison

{adj: new, young} (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
"new potatoes"
"young corn"

{adj: offstage} situated or taking place in the area of a stage not visible to the audience
"offstage noises"
<-> onstage

{adj: onstage} situated or taking place on the area of a stage visible to the audience
<-> offstage

{adj: oral} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression
<-> anal

{adj: overblown} past the stage of full bloom
"overblown roses"

{adj: pictographic} consisting of or characterized by the use of pictographs
"a pictographic script"
"pictographic stage in the development of writing"

{adj: prepupal} of an inactive stage in the development of some insects, between the larval and the pupal stages
"the prepupal stage"

{adj: prime, meridian} being at the best stage of development
"our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning

{adj: pupal} of the insects in the chrysalis (cocoon) or post larval stage
"the pupal stage"

{adj: rotatable} capable of being rotated
"the theater had a rotatable stage"

{adj: rudimentary} being in the earliest stages of development
"rudimentary plans"

{adj: scenic} of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
"scenic design"

{adj: sentient, animate} endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
"the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage"- T.E.Lawrence
<-> insentient

{adj: stage-struck} infatuated with or enthralled by the theater especially the desire to act

{adj: staged} written for or performed on the stage
"a staged version of the novel"
<-> unstaged

{adj: stagy, stagey} having characteristics of the stage especially an artificial and mannered quality
"stagy heroics"

{adj: subclinical} relating to the stage in the development of a disease before the symptoms are observed

{adj: theatrical} suited to or characteristic of the stage or theater
"a theatrical pose"
"one of the most theatrical figures in public life"
<-> untheatrical

{adj: transitional} of or relating to or characterized by transition
"adolescence is a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood"

{adj: unstaged} not performed on the stage
<-> staged

{adj: untheatrical} not suited to or characteristic of the stage or theater
"a well-written but untheatrical play"
"an untheatrical personality"
<-> theatrical

{adj: upstage} of the back half of a stage
"she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience"
<-> downstage

{adj: vertical} relating to or involving all stages of a business from production to distribution

{adj: young} being in its early stage
"a young industry"
"the day is still young"

{adv: downstage} at or toward the front of the stage
"the actors moved further and further downstage"
<-> upstage

{adv: down} to a lower intensity
"he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black"
<-> up

{adv: early on, early} during an early stage
"early on in her career"

{adv: far} to an advanced stage or point
"a young man who will go very far"

{adv: further, farther} to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)
"further complicated by uncertainty about the future"
"let's not discuss it further"
"nothing could be further from the truth"
"they are further along in their research than we expected"
"the application of the law was extended farther"
"he is going no farther in his studies"

{adv: furthest, farthest} to the greatest degree or extent or most advanced stage (`furthest' is used more often than `farthest' in this abstract sense)
"went the furthest of all the children in her education"
"furthest removed from reality"
"she goes farthest in helping us"

{adv: late} at an advanced age or stage
"she married late"
"undertook the project late in her career"

{adv: offstage} behind the scenes; not on stage
"the actors were waiting offstage"
<-> onstage

{adv: onstage} on the stage
"it was time for her to go onstage"
<-> offstage

{adv: piecemeal, little by little, bit by bit, in stages} a little bit at a time
"the research structure has developed piecemeal"

{adv: ponderously} in an uninterestingly ponderous manner
"the play was staged with ponderously realistic sets"

{adv: scenically} with respect to stage scenery
"scenically stunning"

{adv: unimaginatively} without imagination
"the stage sets were designed rather unimaginatively"
<-> imaginatively

{adv: upstage} at or toward the rear of the stage
"the dancers were directed to move upstage"
<-> downstage

{n: Colorado potato beetle, Colorado beetle, potato bug, potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata} black-and-yellow beetle that feeds in adult and larval stages on potato leaves; originally of eastern Rocky Mountains; now worldwide

{n: Counterterrorist Center, CTC} an agency that helps the Director of Central Intelligence coordinate counterterrorist efforts in order to preempt and disrupt and defeat terrorist activities at the earliest possible stage

{n: Deuteromycota, subdivision Deuteromycota, Deuteromycotina, Fungi imperfecti, subdivision Deuteromycotina} large and heterogeneous form division of fungi comprising forms for which no sexually reproductive stage is known

{n: Guinness, Alec Guinness, Sir Alec Guinness} English stage and screen actor noted for versatility (1914-2000)

{n: Harrison, Rex Harrison, Sir Rex Harrison, Reginald Carey Harrison} English actor on stage and in films (1908-1990)

{n: Hayes, Helen Hayes} acclaimed actress of stage and screen (born in 1900)

{n: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel} German philosopher whose three stage process of dialectical reasoning was adopted by Karl Marx (1770-1831)

{n: Howard, Leslie Howard, Leslie Howard Stainer} English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943)

{n: Kazan, Elia Kazan, Elia Kazanjoglous} United States stage and screen director (born in Turkey) and believer in method acting (1909-2003)

{n: Lamellicornia, superfamily Lamellicornia} scarabaeid beetles and stag beetles

{n: Lobata, order Lobata} ctenophore having tentacles only in the immature stage; body compressed vertically having two large oral lobes and four pointed processes

{n: Lucanidae, family Lucanidae} stag beetles

{n: Lunt, Alfred Lunt} United States actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions (1893-1977)

{n: Mycelia Sterilia, order Mycelia Sterilia} order of imperfect fungi having no known spore stage

{n: Myxomycota, division Myxomycota, Gymnomycota, division Gymnomycota} slime molds; organisms having a noncellular and multinucleate creeping vegetative phase and a propagative spore-producing stage: comprises Myxomycetes and Acrasiomycetes; in some classifications placed in the kingdom Protoctista

{n: Popular Struggle Front, PSF} a terrorist group of radical Palestinians who split with al-Fatah in 1967 but now have close relations with al-Fatah; staged terrorist attacks against Israel across the Lebanese border

{n: Richardson, Ralph Richardson, Sir Ralph David Richardson} British stage and screen actor noted for playing classic roles (1902-1983)

{n: Saint Louis, St. Louis, Gateway to the West} the largest city in Missouri; a busy river port on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Missouri River; was an important staging area for wagon trains westward in the 19th century

{n: Scyphozoa, class Scyphozoa} coelenterates in which the polyp stage is absent or at least inconspicuous: jellyfishes

{n: Station of the Cross} a representation of any of the 14 stages in Christ's journey to Calvary

{n: Tandy, Jessica Tandy} United States actress (born in England) who made many stage appearances, often with her husband Hume Cronyn (1909-1994)

{n: Unification Church} a Christian church (with some Buddhist elements) founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon and known for staging mass weddings and other communal activities

{n: acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, meridian, tiptop, top} the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
"his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"
"the artist's gifts are at their acme"
"at the height of her career"
"the peak of perfection"
"summer was at its peak"
"...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"
"the summit of his ambition"
"so many highest superlatives achieved by man"
"at the top of his profession"

{n: ague, chills and fever} successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malaria

{n: alcoholic dementia, alcohol amnestic disorder, Korsakoff's psychosis, Korsakoff's syndrome, Korsakov's psychosis, Korsakov's syndrome, polyneuritic psychosis} dementia observed during the last stages of severe chronic alcoholism; involves loss of memory for recent events although long term memory is intact

{n: amphibious landing} a military action of coordinated land and sea and air forces organized for an invasion
"MacArthur staged a massive amphibious landing behind enemy lines"

{n: anal personality, anal retentive personality} (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)

{n: anal stage, anal phase} (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned

{n: anaphase} the stage of meiosis or mitosis when chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle

{n: apogee, culmination} a final climactic stage
"their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"

{n: arena theater, theater in the round} a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage

{n: arteriosclerosis obliterans} a stage of arteriosclerosis involving closure of blood vessels

{n: aside} a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage

{n: atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease} a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls

{n: attainment} arrival at a new stage
"his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition"

{n: bachelor party} stag party held for a bachelor (usually on the night before he is married)

{n: back, rear} the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
"he stood at the back of the stage"
"it was hidden in the rear of the store"
<-> front

{n: backdrop, background, backcloth} scenery hung at back of stage

{n: bandstand, outdoor stage, stand} a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air

{n: bed} the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.

{n: blastula, blastodermic vesicle} early stage of an embryo produced by cleavage of an ovum; a liquid-filled sphere whose wall is composed of a single layer of cells; during this stage (about eight days after fertilization) implantation in the wall of the uterus occurs

{n: boards} the stage of a theater
"most actors love to stride the boards"

{n: booster, booster rocket, booster unit, takeoff booster, takeoff rocket} the first stage of a multistage rocket

{n: business, stage business, byplay} incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
"his business with the cane was hilarious"

{n: cascade} a succession of stages or operations or processes or units
"progressing in severity as though a cascade of genetic damage was occurring"
"separation of isotopes by a cascade of processes"

{n: cataphyll} a reduced or scarcely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (i.e., cotyledons) or in the early stages of leaf development

{n: catwalk} narrow pathway high in the air (as above a stage or between parts of a building or along a bridge)

{n: center stage, centre stage} a position of prominence or importance

{n: center stage, centre stage} the central area on a theater stage

{n: cercaria} tadpole-shaped parasitic larva of a trematode worm; tail disappears in adult stage

{n: chorionic villus sampling, chorionic villus biopsy} a prenatal test to detect birth defects at an early stage of pregnancy; tissue from the chorionic villi is assayed

{n: climax} the most severe stage of a disease

{n: concert} a performance of music by players or singers not involving theatrical staging

{n: crisis} a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
"after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"

{n: crow garlic, false garlic, field garlic, stag's garlic, wild garlic, Allium vineale} pungent Old World wild onion

{n: degree, level, stage, point} a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
"a remarkable degree of frankness"
"at what stage are the social sciences?"

{n: development, evolution} a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
"the development of his ideas took many years"
"the evolution of Greek civilization"
"the slow development of her skill as a writer"
<-> devolution

{n: diakinesis} the final stage of the prophase of meiosis

{n: diplotene} the fourth stage of the prophase of meiosis

{n: distemper} a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder; used for painting posters or murals or stage scenery

{n: downstage} the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)

{n: dramatic composition, dramatic work} a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.

{n: drop curtain, drop cloth, drop} a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery

{n: eczema} generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages

{n: eft} a newt in its terrestrial stage of development

{n: electricity} keen and shared excitement
"the stage crackled with electricity whenever she was on it"

{n: embryo, conceptus, fertilized egg} an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life

{n: emergent evolution} the appearance of entirely new properties at certain critical stages in the course of evolution

{n: end, last, final stage} the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
"the end was exciting"
"I had to miss the last of the movie"

{n: endgame, end game} the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board

{n: endgame, end game} the final stages of an extended process of negotiation
"the diplomatic endgame"

{n: extravaganza} any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment

{n: fare-stage} a section along the route of a bus for which the fare is the same

{n: fetus, foetus} an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal

{n: finalist} a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition

{n: first base} the initial stage in accomplishing something
"we didn't get to first base with that approach"

{n: flat} scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting

{n: flies} (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)

{n: footlights} theater light at the front of a stage that illuminate the set and actors

{n: forwardness} an advanced stage
"the forwardness of the harvest this year"
"the arts are in no kind of forwardness in this matter"

{n: front} the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer
"he walked to the front of the stage"
<-> back

{n: gastrula} double-walled stage of the embryo resulting from invagination of the blastula; the outer layer of cells is the ectoderm and the inner layer differentiates into the mesoderm and endoderm

{n: gelatin, gel} a thin translucent membrane used over stage lights for color effects

{n: generation} a stage of technological development or innovation
"the third generation of computers"

{n: genital stage, genital phase} (psychoanalysis) the fifth sexual and social stage in a person's development occurring during adolescence; interest focuses on sexual activity

{n: genus Rhizoctinia, form genus Rhizoctinia} form genus of imperfect fungi some species of which are now placed in genera Pellicularia and Corticium because their perfect stages have been found

{n: graduality, gradualness} the quality of being gradual or of coming about by gradual stages

{n: growing pains} problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages)

{n: gumma} a small rubbery granuloma that is characteristic of an advanced stage of syphilis

{n: haemosporidian} minute protozoans parasitic at some stage of the life cycle in blood cells of vertebrates including many pathogens

{n: hart, stag} male red deer

{n: heterometabolism, heterometaboly} development of insects with incomplete metamorphosis in which no pupal stage precedes maturity

{n: infancy, babyhood, early childhood} the early stage of growth or development

{n: infructescence} the fruiting stage of the inflorescence

{n: ingenue} an artless innocent young girl (especially as portrayed on the stage)

{n: integrated data processing, IDP} automatic data processing in which data acquisition and other stages or processing are integrated into a coherent system

{n: ladder} ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
"he climbed the career ladder"

{n: landing stage} platform from which passengers and cargo can be (un)loaded

{n: latency stage, latency phase, latency period} (psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities

{n: leptotene} the first stage of the prophase of meiosis

{n: lethal gene} any gene that has an effect that causes the death of the organism at any stage of life

{n: life cycle} a series of stages through which an organism passes between recurrences of a primary stage

{n: light reaction} the first stage of photosynthesis during which energy from light is used for the production of ATP

{n: lighting} apparatus for supplying artificial light effects for the stage or a film

{n: limb-girdle muscular dystrophy} an autosomal recessive form of muscular dystrophy that appears anywhere from late childhood to middle age; characterized by progressive muscular weakness beginning either in the shoulder or pelvic girdle; usually progresses slowly with cardiopulmonary complications in the later stages

{n: limelight, calcium light} a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting

{n: masking piece, masking} scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen

{n: mayfly, dayfly, shadfly} slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days

{n: medusa} one of two forms that coelenterates take: is the free-swimming sexual stage in the life cycle of a coelenterate and has a gelatinous umbrella-shaped body and tentacles

{n: metaphase} the second stage of meiosis

{n: metaphase} the second stage of mitosis

{n: mise en scene, stage setting, setting} arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted

{n: multistage} occurring in more than one stage

{n: music hall, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre} a theater in which vaudeville is staged

{n: neoteny} an evolutionary trend to be born earlier so that development is cut off at an earlier stage and juvenile characteristics are retained in adults of the species

{n: onset, oncoming} the beginning or early stages
"the onset of pneumonia"

{n: operation} a business especially one run on a large scale
"a large-scale farming operation"
"a multinational operation"
"they paid taxes on every stage of the operation"
"they had to consolidate their operations"

{n: oral personality} (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development

{n: oral stage, oral phase} (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

{n: orchestra pit, pit} lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers

{n: origin, origination, inception} an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

{n: pachytene} the third stage of the prophase of meiosis

{n: page, varlet} in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood

{n: passage, passing} a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
"the passage of air from the lungs"
"the passing of flatus"

{n: peanut gallery} (figurative) people whose criticisms are regarded as irrelevant or insignificant (resembling uneducated people who throw peanuts on the stage to express displeasure with a performance)
"he ignored complaints from the peanut gallery"

{n: peneplain, peneplane} a more or less level land surface representing and advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements

{n: period, historic period, historical period} a stage in the history of a culture having a definable place in space and time
"a novel from the Victorian period"

{n: phallic stage, phallic phase} (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

{n: phase of cell division} a stage in meiosis or mitosis

{n: phase, stage} 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"

{n: planetesimal} one of many small solid celestial bodies thought to have existed at an early stage in the development of the solar system

{n: plasmodium} multinucleate sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of such organisms as slime molds

{n: play, drama, dramatic play} a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
"he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"

{n: portrayal, characterization, enactment, personation} acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

{n: position, spatial relation} the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
"the position of the hands on the clock"
"he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"

{n: premature ejaculation} ejaculation during the early stages of sexual excitement or soon after the insertion of the penis into the vagina

{n: primary syphilis} the first stage; characterized by a chancre at the site of infection

{n: primitive, primitive person} a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

{n: primordium, anlage} an organ in its earliest stage of development; the foundation for subsequent development

{n: production} a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
"have you seen the new production of Hamlet?"

{n: prompt box, prompter's box} a booth projecting above the floor in the front of a stage where the prompter sits; opens toward the performers on stage

{n: property man, propman, property master} member of the stage crew in charge of properties

{n: prophase} the first stage of meiosis

{n: prophase} the first stage of mitosis

{n: proscenium, apron, forestage} the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)

{n: proscenium, proscenium wall} the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater

{n: psychosexual development} (psychoanalysis) the process during which personality and sexual behavior mature through a series of stages: first oral stage and then anal stage and then phallic stage and then latency stage and finally genital stage

{n: pupa} an insect in the inactive stage of development (when it is not feeding) intermediate between larva and adult

{n: qualifier} a contestant who meets certain requirements and so qualifies to take part in the next stage of competition
"the tournament was won by a late qualifier"

{n: quickening} the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus

{n: record} anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
"the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques"

{n: rinse, rinsing} the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing

{n: royal, royal stag} stag with antlers of 12 or more branches

{n: rudiment, first rudiment, first principle, alphabet, ABC, ABC's, ABCs} the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
"he mastered only the rudiments of geometry"

{n: rudiment} the remains of a body part that was functional at an earlier stage of life
"Meckel's diverticulum is the rudiment of the embryonic yolk sac"

{n: runway} a narrow platform extending from the stage into the audience in a theater or nightclub etc.

{n: saturation point} (chemistry) the stage at which a substance will receive no more of another substance in solution or in a vapor

{n: scaffolding, staging} a system of scaffolds

{n: scenery, scene} the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale
"they worked all night painting the scenery"

{n: scyphozoan} any of various usually free-swimming marine coelenterates having a gelatinous medusoid stage as the dominant phase of its life cycle

{n: secondary syphilis} the second stage; characterized by eruptions of the skin and mucous membrane

{n: set piece} a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting

{n: showman, promoter, impresario} a sponsor who books and stages public entertainments

{n: soft scale} an insect active in all stages

{n: sporozoite} one of the minute active bodies into which sporozoans divide in one stage of their life cycle

{n: spotlight, spot} a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer

{n: stag beetle} a kind of lamellicorn beetle; the male has branched mandibles resembling antlers

{n: stag party, smoker} a party for men only (or one considered suitable for men only)

{n: stage crew} crew of workers who move scenery or handle properties in a theatrical production

{n: stage dancing, choreography} a show involving artistic dancing

{n: stage direction} an instruction written as part of the script of a play

{n: stage director} someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a stage show

{n: stage door} an entrance to the backstage area of theater; used by performers and other theater personnel

{n: stage effect} a special effect created on the stage

{n: stage fright} fear that affects a person about to face an audience

{n: stage left, left stage} the part of the stage on the actor's left as the actor faces the audience

{n: stage manager, stager} someone who supervises the physical aspects in the production of a show and who is in charge of the stage when the show is being performed

{n: stage name} the pseudonym of an actor

{n: stage right, right stage} the part of the stage on the actor's right as the actor faces the audience

{n: stage set, set} representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
"the sets were meticulously authentic"

{n: stage whisper} a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast

{n: stage, leg} a section or portion of a journey or course
"then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"

{n: stage, microscope stage} a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination

{n: stagecoach, stage} 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"

{n: stagecraft} skill in writing or staging plays

{n: stagehand, stage technician} an employee of a theater who performs work involved in putting on a theatrical production

{n: stage} 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"

{n: stage} 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"

{n: stage} the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')
"an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"

{n: staghorn coral, stag's-horn coral} large branching coral resembling antlers

{n: staghorn fern} any of various tropical ferns of the genus Platycerium having large flat lobed fronds often resembling the antlers of a stag

{n: staghound} a large heavy hound formerly used in hunting stags and other large game; similar to but larger than a foxhound

{n: staging area} an area where troops and equipment in transit are assembled before a military operation

{n: staging} getting rid of a stage of a multistage rocket

{n: staging} travel by stagecoach

{n: stag} adult male deer

{n: supertitle, surtitle} translation of the words of a foreign opera (or choral work) projected on a screen above the stage

{n: syphilis, syph, pox} a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)

{n: teliospore} a chlamydospore that develops in the last stage of the life cycle of the rust fungus

{n: telophase} the final stage of meiosis when the chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle

{n: telophase} the final stage of mitosis

{n: tertiary syphilis} the third stage; characterized by involvement of internal organs especially the brain and spinal cord as well as the heart and liver

{n: tetanus, lockjaw} an acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages

{n: theater curtain, theatre curtain} a hanging cloth that conceals the stage from the view of the audience; rises or parts at the beginning and descends or closes between acts and at the end of a performance

{n: theater stage, theatre stage} a stage in a theater on which actors can perform

{n: theatrical production, staging} the production of a drama on the stage

{n: thrust stage} a theater stage that extends out into the audience's part of a theater and has seats on three sides

{n: tormenter, tormentor, teaser} a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings

{n: totipotency, totipotence} the ability of a cell to give rise to unlike cells and so to develop a new organism or part
"animal cells lose their totipotency at an early stage in embryonic development"

{n: transition} a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another

{n: trombiculiid} mite that as nymph and adult feeds on early stages of small arthropods but whose larvae are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates

{n: trombidiid} mite that in all stages feeds on other arthropods

{n: trophozoite} a sporozoan in the active feeding stage of its life cycle

{n: tuberculosis, TB, T.B.} infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)

{n: upstage} the rear part of the stage

{n: wing, offstage, backstage} a stage area out of sight of the audience

{n: yaws, frambesia, framboesia} an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions

{n: zygotene} the second stage of the prophase of meiosis

{v: act out} represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage
"She could act neurotic anxiety"

{v: act, play, roleplay, playact} perform on a stage or theater
"She acts in this play"
"He acted in `Julius Caesar'"
"I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

{v: appear} appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.
"Gielgud appears briefly in this movie"
"She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage"

{v: assume, take, strike, take up} occupy or take on
"He assumes the lotus position"
"She took her seat on the stage"
"We took our seats in the orchestra"
"She took up her position behind the tree"
"strike a pose"

{v: blend in, mix in} cause (something) to be mixed with (something else)
"At this stage of making the cake, blend in the nuts"

{v: blossom, blossom out, blossom forth, unfold} develop or come to a promising stage
"Youth blossomed into maturity"

{v: boost} push or shove upward, as if from below or behind
"The singer had to be boosted onto the stage by a special contraption"

{v: build up} enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
"build up your savings"

{v: carry over} transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another

{v: culminate, climax} end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
"The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"

{v: denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag} give away information about somebody
"He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"

{v: drink in, drink} be fascinated or spell-bound by ; pay close attention to
"The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"

{v: embody, be, personify} represent, as of a character on stage
"Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"

{v: emote} give expression or emotion to, in a stage or movie role

{v: enter} come on stage

{v: explode} drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

{v: float} move lightly, as if suspended
"The dancer floated across the stage"

{v: form, constitute, make} to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
"The branches made a roof"
"This makes a fine introduction"

{v: mediate} occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others
"mediate between the old and the new"

{v: obstruct, block} shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
"The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"
"The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"

{v: offer} produce or introduce on the stage
"The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month"

{v: phase} arrange in phases or stages
"phase a withdrawal"

{v: read} audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
"He is auditioning for `Julius Cesar' at Stratford this year"

{v: recapitulate} repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life

{v: recreate} create anew
"she recreated the feeling of the 1920's with her stage setting"

{v: seed} help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money

{v: spy, stag, snoop, sleuth} watch, observe, or inquire secretly

{v: stage direct} direct for the stage

{v: stage, bring about, arrange} plan, organize, and carry out (an event)

{v: stage, present, represent} perform (a play), especially on a stage
"we are going to stage `Othello'"

{v: stag} attend a dance or a party without a female companion

{v: take the stage, take stage} attract attention onto oneself

{v: upstage} steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else
"When the dog entered the stage, he upstaged the actress"

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