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STALE, a. [I do not find this word in the other Teutonic dialects. It is probably from the root of still, G., to set, and equivalent to stagnant.]

1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit and flavor from being long kept; as stale beer.

2. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed; as a stale virgin.

3. Worn out by use; trite; common; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; as a stale remark.

STALE, n. [G. See Stall.]

1. Something set or offered to view as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool-fowl.

Still as he went, he crafty stales did lay.

A pretense of kindness is the universal stale to all base projects. [In this sense obsolete.]

2. A prostitute.

3. Old vapid beer.

4. A long handle; as the state of a rake.

5. A word applied to the king in chess when stalled or set; that is, when so situated that he cannot be moved without going into check, by which the game is ended.

STALE, v.t. To make void or useless; to destroy the life, beauty or use of; to wear out.

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

STALE, v.i. [G.] To make water; to discharge urine; as horses and cattle.

STALE, n. Urine; used of horses and cattle.




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STALE, a. [I do not find this word in the other Teutonic dialects. It is probably from the root of still, G., to set, and equivalent to stagnant.]

1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit and flavor from being long kept; as stale beer.

2. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed; as a stale virgin.

3. Worn out by use; trite; common; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; as a stale remark.

STALE, n. [G. See Stall.]

1. Something set or offered to view as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool-fowl.

Still as he went, he crafty stales did lay.

A pretense of kindness is the universal stale to all base projects. [In this sense obsolete.]

2. A prostitute.

3. Old vapid beer.

4. A long handle; as the state of a rake.

5. A word applied to the king in chess when stalled or set; that is, when so situated that he cannot be moved without going into check, by which the game is ended.

STALE, v.t. To make void or useless; to destroy the life, beauty or use of; to wear out.

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

STALE, v.i. [G.] To make water; to discharge urine; as horses and cattle.

STALE, n. Urine; used of horses and cattle.


STALE, a. [I do not find this word in the other Teutonic dialects. It is probably from the root of still, G. stellen, to set, and equivalent to stagnant.]

  1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit and flavor from being long kept; as, stale beer.
  2. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed; as, a stale virgin. – Spectator.
  3. Worn out by use; trite; common; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; as, a stale remark.

STALE, n.1 [probably that which is set; G. stellen. See Stall.]

  1. Something set or offered to view as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool-fowl. Still as he went, he crafty stales did lay. – Spenser. A pretense of kindness is the universal stale to all base projects. – Gov. of the Tongue. [In this sense obsolete.]
  2. A prostitute. [Obs.] – Shak.
  3. Old vapid beer. [Obs.]
  4. A long handle; as, the stale of a rake. [Sax. stel, stele; D. steel; G. stiel.] – Mortimer.
  5. A word applied to the king in chess when stalled or set; that is, when so situated that he can not be moved without going into check, by which the game is ended. – Bacon.

STALE, n.2

Urine; used of horses and cattle.


STALE, v.i. [G. stallen; Dan. staller; Sw. stalla.]

To make water; to discharge urine; as horses and cattle.


STALE, v.t.

To make vapid or useless; to destroy the life, beauty or use of; to wear out. Age can not wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety. – Shak.


Stale
  1. The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake.

    [Written also steal, stele, etc.]

    But seeling the arrow's stale without, and that the head did go
    No further than it might be seen.
    Chapman.

  2. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer.
  3. To make vapid or tasteless] to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out.

    Age can not wither her, nor custom stale
    Her infinite variety.
    Shak.

  4. To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of horses and cattle.

    Hudibras.
  5. That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use.

    [Obs.]
  6. Something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool pigeon.

    [Obs.]

    Still, as he went, he crafty stales did lay. Spenser.

  7. Not new; not freshly made; as, stele bread.
  8. A prostitute.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  9. A stalking-horse.

    [Obs.] B. Jonson.
  10. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed.

    "A stale virgin." Spectator.
  11. Urine, esp. that of beasts.

    "Stale of horses." Shak.
  12. A stalemate.

    [Obs.] Bacon.
  13. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common.

    Swift.

    Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing. Grew.

    How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable
    Seem to me all the uses of this world!
    Shak.

    Stale affidavit (Law), an affidavit held above a year. Craig. -- Stale demand (Law), a claim or demand which has not been pressed or demanded for a long time.

  14. A laughingstock; a dupe.

    [Obs.] Shak.
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Stale

STALE, adjective [I do not find this word in the other Teutonic dialects. It is probably from the root of still, G., to set, and equivalent to stagnant.]

1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit and flavor from being long kept; as stale beer.

2. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed; as a stale virgin.

3. Worn out by use; trite; common; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; as a stale remark.

STALE, noun [G. See Stall.]

1. Something set or offered to view as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool-fowl.

Still as he went, he crafty stales did lay.

A pretense of kindness is the universal stale to all base projects. [In this sense obsolete.]

2. A prostitute.

3. Old vapid beer.

4. A long handle; as the state of a rake.

5. A word applied to the king in chess when stalled or set; that is, when so situated that he cannot be moved without going into check, by which the game is ended.

STALE, verb transitive To make void or useless; to destroy the life, beauty or use of; to wear out.

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

STALE, verb intransitive [G.] To make water; to discharge urine; as horses and cattle.

STALE, noun Urine; used of horses and cattle.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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