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statute of limitations a statute limiting the period of time during which legal action may be taken on a certain issue.
statutory of or being a statute or statutes. [2 definitions]
statutory rape the crime of sexual intercourse committed with a female who is younger than the legal age of consent.
staunch1 variant of stanch1.
staunch2 unwaveringly firm or loyal. [2 definitions]
stave a narrow, usu. curved wooden strip used to make barrels, casks, or the like. [7 definitions]
stave off to keep at a distance; ward off. [2 definitions]
staves a pl. of staff1. [2 definitions]
stay1 to spend time in a place. [12 definitions]
stay2 an object used to support or steady something; brace. [3 definitions]
stay3 a heavy rope or wire used to make a ship's masts steady. [2 definitions]
staying power the ability to endure or last; endurance.
staysail a triangular sail that is set on a stay.
stay up to remain awake.
std. abbreviation of "standard."
Ste. abbreviation of "Sainte" (French); Saint, esp. the title of a woman saint.
stead the customary or designated place of a person or thing as occupied by a stand-in or substitute.
steadfast reliable; loyal. [2 definitions]
steadily in a regular, even, constant way.
steady firmly fixed in position or solidly constructed; stable. [10 definitions]
steady state theory the cosmologic theory, no longer in favor, that new matter is continuously created, causing the universe to expand without requiring cycles of explosion and contraction. (Cf. big bang theory.)