a period of staying somewhere, in particular of living somewhere temporarily as a visitor or guest.
an overnight stay at a luxury hotel
a curb or check.
there is likely to be a good public library as a stay against boredom
a device used as a brace or support.
a large rope, wire, or rod used to support a ship's mast, leading from the masthead to another mast or spar or down to the deck.
A few minutes later I was shinning up the mast to whip a flag halyard to the stays .