A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay.
* (and other bibliographic particulars),
- We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
# A piece of wood driven in the ground, placed in the middle of the court, that is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, flat car, flatbed trailer, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
(with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
- A sharpened stake strong Dryas found.
A share or interest in a business or a given situation.
- Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake .
That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
(Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
- The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.
- Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men.
* (croquet) peg
* burn at the stake
* pull up stakes
* stake of Zion
To fasten, support, defend, or delineate with stakes.
To pierce or wound with a stake.
To put at risk upon success in competition, or upon a future contingency.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), (Alexander Pope)
- to stake vines or plants.
To provide another with money in order to engage in an activity as betting or a business venture.
- I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
- John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to ''stake'' him .
- His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.
* (put at risk) wager, bet
* stake a claim
* stake out
From dialectal English (m), (m), short for (m), . More at (l).
From (etyl) (m), (m), , from the adjective.
(obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.
(obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.
(dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.
(dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.
- the gainest way
(obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.
(dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.
(dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.
- gain quiet (= fairly/pretty quiet)
From (etyl) (m), .
The Middle English word was reinforced by (etyl) . Related to (l), (l).
The act of gaining.
What one gains, as a return on investment or dividend.
- the lust of gain
- No pain, no gain .
(electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.
- Everyone shall share in the gains .
To acquire possession of what one did not have before.
* Bible, Matthew xvi. 26
- Looks like you've gained a new friend.
* Alexander Pope
- What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress.
- For fame with toil we gain , but lose with ease.
* Bible, Ezekiel xxii. 12
- The sick man gains daily.
(dated) To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition.
- Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion.
* 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
- to gain''' a battle; to '''gain a case at law
To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.
- Then they had bouts of wrestling and of cudgel play, so that every day they gained in skill and strength.
- I'm gaining (on you).
- gain ground
* 1907 , Jack London, The Iron Heel :
- to gain the top of a mountain
To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.
* Bible, Matthew xviii. 15
- Ernest laughed harshly and savagely when he had gained the street.
- If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
To put on weight.
- to gratify the queen, and gain the court
(of a clock or watch) To run fast.
- I've been gaining .
Compare (etyl) .
(architecture) A square or bevelled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.
* (l), (l)