- the act, process, or manner of presenting a play on the stage.
- a temporary platform or structure of posts and boards for support, as in building; scaffolding.
- home staging.
- Rocketry. the in-flight separation of a rocket stage from the remaining stages of a multistage missile or launch vehicle.
- the business of running stagecoaches.
- the act of traveling by stages or by stagecoach.
Origin of staging
- a single step or degree in a process; a particular phase, period, position, etc., in a process, development, or series.
- a raised platform or floor, as for speakers, performers, etc.
- the platform on which the actors perform in a theater.
- this platform with all the parts of the theater and all the apparatus back of the proscenium.
- the stage, the theater, especially acting, as a profession: He plans to make the stage his career.
- Movies. sound stage.
- the scene of any action.
- a stagecoach.
- a place of rest on a journey; a regular stopping place of a stagecoach or the like, for the change of horses, mules, etc.
- the distance between two places of rest on a journey; each of the portions of a journey.
- a portion or period of a course of action, of life, etc.: the adolescent stage of human development.
- any one of the major time periods in the development of an insect, as the embryonic, larval, pupal, and imaginal stages.
- Also called stadium.any one of the periods of larval growth between molts.
- Economics, Sociology. a major phase of the economic or sociological life of human beings or society: the patriarchal stage.
- Geology. a division of stratified rocks corresponding to a single geologic age.
- the small platform of a microscope on which the object to be examined is placed.
- Radio. an element in a complex mechanism, as a tube and its accessory structures in a multiple amplifier.
- Rocketry. a section of a rocket containing a rocket engine or cluster of rocket engines, usually separable from other such sections when its propellant is exhausted.
- to represent, produce, or exhibit on or as if on a stage: The drama class staged a play during Christmas vacation.
- to furnish with a stage, staging, stage set, etc.
- to write, direct, or produce (a play) with the action taking place as if in a specified locale or time: He staged the fantasy on Mars in the year 2500.
- to plan, organize, or carry out (an activity), especially for dramatic or public effect: Workers staged a one-day strike.
- to classify the natural progression of (a disease, especially cancer).
- to prepare (a home) for sale in such a way as to appeal to potential buyers and generate a higher selling price: They were initially reluctant to hire someone to stage their apartment.
- to be suitable for presentation or performance on the stage: The script didn't stage well.
- to travel by stagecoach.
- by easy stages, working, traveling, etc., slowly, with frequent pauses; unhurriedly, with many stops; gradually.
- go on the stage, to become an actor, especially in the theater: She knew from the age of 12 that she would go on the stage.
- hold the stage,
- to continue to be produced, as a play or other theatrical production.
- to be the center of attention.
- on stage, performing, especially as an actor.
Origin of stage
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Examples from the Web for staging
The group encompasses Byrne's art-rock solitariness and the dissociation effects in the spare—somewhat Godardian—staging.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
At the time, Madonna was staging her first real comeback and she chose videos as her battleground.David Fincher’s Backseat Feminism
October 9, 2014
How about staging large-scale NATO military maneuvers at the border and freezing the assets of the kleptocracy?This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth
September 4, 2014
Co-founders Rob Dickens and Brad Scudder are staging their GBR event in ten cities in this year.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
As the Roman emperors knew during the staging of the gladiator games at the Coliseum, so FIFA knows now: The mob must be appeased.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
May 30, 2014
This staging was, perhaps, twenty feet from the ground, and the latter frozen.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
It is the most effective scene in the world for the amount of staging.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
His staging is of the simplest, and therefore, the most natural.Adventures in the Arts
The bucket was dumped by a man on a staging erected on the pier form.
The staging was then moved into position for another column.
- any temporary structure used in the process of building, esp the horizontal platforms supported by scaffolding
- a distinct step or period of development, growth, or progressa child at the toddling stage
- a raised area or platform
- the platform in a theatre where actors perform
- the stage the theatre as a profession
- any scene regarded as a setting for an event or action
- a portion of a journey or a stopping place after such a portion
- short for stagecoach
- British a division of a bus route for which there is a fixed fare
- one of the separate propulsion units of a rocket that can be jettisoned when it has burnt outSee also multistage (def. 1)
- any of the various distinct periods of growth or development in the life of an organism, esp an insecta larval stage; pupal stage
- the organism itself at such a period of growth
- a small stratigraphical unit; a subdivision of a rock series or system
- the platform on a microscope on which the specimen is mounted for examination
- electronics a part of a complex circuit, esp one of a number of transistors with the associated elements required to amplify a signal in an amplifier
- a university subject studied for one academic yearStage II French
- by easy stages or in easy stages not hurriedlyhe learned French by easy stages
- (tr) to perform (a play), esp on a stagewe are going to stage ``Hamlet''
- (tr) to set the action of (a play) in a particular time or place
- (tr) to plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
- (intr) obsolete to travel by stagecoach
Word Origin and History for staging
to designate "stopping place or assembly point," 1945, from stage (v.)
mid-13c., "story of a building, raised floor for exhibitions," from Old French estage "a story or floor of a building, stage for performance," from Vulgar Latin *staticum "a place for standing," from Latin statum, past participle of stare "to stand" (see stet). Meaning "platform for presentation of a play" is attested from late 14c.; generalized for "profession of an actor" from 1580s.
Sense of "period of development or time in life" first recorded early 14c., probably from Middle English sense of "degree or step on the 'ladder' of virtue, 'wheel' of fortune, etc.," in parable illustrations and morality plays. Stage mother is from 1919. Stage-Door Johnny "young man who frequents stage doors seeking the company of actresses, chorus girls, etc." is attested from 1912. Stage-struck is from 1813; earlier stage-smitten (1680s). Stage whisper first attested 1865.
- The classification of neoplasms according to the extent of the tumor.
- A period in the course of a disease.
- The platform on a microscope that supports a slide for viewing.
- A particular step, phase, or position in a developmental process.
- To determine the extent or progression of.
Idioms and Phrases with staging
In addition to the idioms beginning with stage
- stage fright
- stage whisper
- at this stage
- set the scene (stage) for