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stagecraft the art of, or skill in, writing or staging plays or using theatrical devices or techniques.
stage direction an instruction written into, or added to, the script of a play, directing actors' movements, scenery arrangement, and the like. [2 definitions]
stage door a back door of a theater, used by performers, the production crew, and the like.
stage fright the nervousness and anxiety some people feel when speaking or performing before an audience.
stagehand a person who moves furniture, props, scenery, and the like in a theatrical production.
stage-manage to serve as stage manager for (a theatrical production). [3 definitions]
stage manager an assistant to the director of a theatrical production, who is responsible for the technical direction and is in charge backstage during the performance.
stage-struck having an intense and sometimes naive desire to be involved in theater, esp. as an actor.
stage whisper an actor's loud whisper that is intended to be heard by the audience but not by the other actors. [2 definitions]
stagflation an economic condition marked by a high rate of inflation together with a decline in business activity and an increase in unemployment.
stagger to walk or stand unsteadily or with a need for support. [8 definitions]
staggering astounding, shocking, or highly disturbing. [2 definitions]
staghorn fern any of several ferns that have large divided fronds resembling antlers and that grow nonparasitically on trees, stumps, and the like.
staging the act or process of preparing or putting on a theatrical production. [2 definitions]
staging area a place where troops and military supplies are assembled before departing to another location.
stagnant standing still; motionless. [3 definitions]
stagnate to be or become motionless, fouled, or lacking in energy, originality, or development; be or become stagnant.
stagy having qualities associated with a theatrical play; affected; unnatural.
staid formal, solemn, and reserved in character.
stain a spot or discoloration caused by a foreign substance; tarnish. [9 definitions]
stainable combined form of stain.