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English Dictionary: stag by the DICT Development Group
6 results for stag
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a male deer, especially an adult male red deer [syn: hart, stag]
  2. adult male deer
  1. attend a dance or a party without a female companion
  2. give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
    Synonym(s): denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag
  3. watch, observe, or inquire secretly
    Synonym(s): spy, stag, snoop, sleuth
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stag \Stag\, v. i. (Com.)
      To act as a [bd]stag[b8], or irregular dealer in stocks.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stag \Stag\, v. t.
      To watch; to dog, or keep track of. [Prov. Eng. or Slang]
      --H. Kingsley.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stag \Stag\, n. [Icel. steggr the male of several animals; or a
      doubtful AS. stagga. Cf. {Steg}.]
      1. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) The adult male of the red deer ({Cervus elaphus}), a
                  large European species closely related to the American
                  elk, or wapiti.
            (b) The male of certain other species of large deer.
      2. A colt, or filly; also, a romping girl. [Prov. Eng.]
      3. A castrated bull; -- called also {bull stag}, and {bull
            seg}. See the Note under {Ox}.
      4. (Stock Exchange)
            (a) An outside irregular dealer in stocks, who is not a
                  member of the exchange. [Cant]
            (b) One who applies for the allotment of shares in new
                  projects, with a view to sell immediately at a
                  premium, and not to hold the stock. [Cant]
      5. (Zo[94]l.) The European wren. [Prov. Eng.]
      {Stag beetle} (Zo[94]l.), any one of numerous species of
            lamellicorn beetles belonging to {Lucanus} and allied
            genera, especially {L. cervus} of Europe and {L. dama} of
            the United States. The mandibles are large and branched,
            or forked, whence the name. The lava feeds on the rotten
            wood of dead trees. Called also {horned bug}, and {horse
      {Stag dance}, a dance by men only. [slang, U.S.]
      {Stag hog} (Zo[94]l.), the babiroussa.
      {Stag-horn coral} (Zo[94]l.), any one of several species of
            large branching corals of the genus {Madrepora}, which
            somewhat resemble the antlers of the stag, especially
            {Madrepora cervicornis}, and {M. palmata}, of Florida and
            the West Indies.
      {Stag-horn fern} (Bot.), an Australian and West African fern
            ({Platycerium alcicorne}) having the large fronds branched
            like a stag's horns; also, any species of the same genus.
      {Stag-horn sumac} (Bot.), a common American shrub ({Rhus
            typhina}) having densely velvety branchlets. See {Sumac}.
      {Stag party}, a party consisting of men only. [Slang, U. S.]
      {Stag tick} (Zo[94]l.), a parasitic dipterous insect of the
            family {Hippoboscid[91]}, which lives upon the stag and in
            usually wingless. The same species lives also upon the
            European grouse, but in that case has wings.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Steg \Steg\, n. [Icel. steggr the male of several animals. Cf.
      {Stag}.] (Zo[94]l.)
      A gander. [Written also {stag}.] [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Break \Break\, v. t. [imp. {broke}, (Obs. {Brake}); p. p.
      {Broken}, (Obs. {Broke}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breaking}.] [OE.
      breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG.
      brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak, Sw. braka,
      br[84]kka to crack, Dan. br[91]kke to break, Goth. brikan to
      break, L. frangere. Cf. {Bray} to pound, {Breach},
      1. To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with
            violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal;
            to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock.
      2. To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a
            package of goods.
      3. To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or
                     Katharine, break thy mind to me.         --Shak.
      4. To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise.
                     Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted arts . . . To
                     break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray. --Milton
      5. To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or
            terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to
            break one's journey.
                     Go, release them, Ariel; My charms I'll break, their
                     senses I'll restore.                           --Shak.
      6. To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as,
            to break a set.
      7. To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to
            pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British
      8. To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments.
                     The victim broke in pieces the musical instruments
                     with which he had solaced the hours of captivity.
      9. To exchange for other money or currency of smaller
            denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill.
      10. To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as,
            to break flax.
      11. To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind.
                     An old man, broken with the storms of state.
      12. To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a
            fall or blow.
                     I'll rather leap down first, and break your fall.
      13. To impart, as news or information; to broach; -- with to,
            and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as,
            to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose
            cautiously to a friend.
      14. To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to
            discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or
            saddle. [bd]To break a colt.[b8] --Spenser.
                     Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
      15. To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to
                     With arts like these rich Matho, when he speaks,
                     Attracts all fees, and little lawyers breaks.
      16. To destroy the official character and standing of; to
            cashier; to dismiss.
                     I see a great officer broken.            --Swift.
      Note: With prepositions or adverbs:
      {To break down}.
            (a) To crush; to overwhelm; as, to break down one's
                  strength; to break down opposition.
            (b) To remove, or open a way through, by breaking; as, to
                  break down a door or wall.
      {To break in}.
            (a) To force in; as, to break in a door.
            (b) To train; to discipline; as, a horse well broken in.
      {To break of}, to rid of; to cause to abandon; as, to break
            one of a habit.
      {To break off}.
            (a) To separate by breaking; as, to break off a twig.
            (b) To stop suddenly; to abandon. [bd]Break off thy sins
                  by righteousness.[b8] --Dan. iv. 27.
      {To break open}, to open by breaking. [bd]Open the door, or I
            will break it open.[b8] --Shak.
      {To break out}, to take or force out by breaking; as, to
            break out a pane of glass.
      {To break out a cargo}, to unstow a cargo, so as to unload it
      {To break through}.
            (a) To make an opening through, as, as by violence or the
                  force of gravity; to pass violently through; as, to
                  break through the enemy's lines; to break through the
            (b) To disregard; as, to break through the ceremony.
      {To break up}.
            (a) To separate into parts; to plow (new or fallow
                  ground). [bd]Break up this capon.[b8] --Shak.
                  [bd]Break up your fallow ground.[b8] --Jer. iv. 3.
            (b) To dissolve; to put an end to. [bd]Break up the
                  court.[b8] --Shak.
      {To break} (one) {all up}, to unsettle or disconcert
            completely; to upset. [Colloq.]
      Note: With an immediate object:
      {To break the back}.
            (a) To dislocate the backbone; hence, to disable totally.
            (b) To get through the worst part of; as, to break the
                  back of a difficult undertaking.
      {To break bulk}, to destroy the entirety of a load by
            removing a portion of it; to begin to unload; also, to
            transfer in detail, as from boats to cars.
      {To break cover}, to burst forth from a protecting
            concealment, as game when hunted.
      {To break a deer} [or] {stag}, to cut it up and apportion the
            parts among those entitled to a share.
      {To break fast}, to partake of food after abstinence. See
      {To break ground}.
            (a) To open the earth as for planting; to commence
                  excavation, as for building, siege operations, and
                  the like; as, to break ground for a foundation, a
                  canal, or a railroad.
            (b) Fig.: To begin to execute any plan.
            (c) (Naut.) To release the anchor from the bottom.
      {To break the heart}, to crush or overwhelm (one) with grief.
      {To break a house} (Law), to remove or set aside with
            violence and a felonious intent any part of a house or of
            the fastenings provided to secure it.
      {To break the ice}, to get through first difficulties; to
            overcome obstacles and make a beginning; to introduce a
      {To break jail}, to escape from confinement in jail, usually
            by forcible means.
      {To break a jest}, to utter a jest. [bd]Patroclus . . . the
            livelong day breaks scurril jests.[b8] --Shak.
      {To break joints}, to lay or arrange bricks, shingles, etc.,
            so that the joints in one course shall not coincide with
            those in the preceding course.
      {To break a lance}, to engage in a tilt or contest.
      {To break the neck}, to dislocate the joints of the neck.
      {To break no squares}, to create no trouble. [Obs.]
      {To break a path}, {road}, etc., to open a way through
            obstacles by force or labor.
      {To break upon a wheel}, to execute or torture, as a criminal
            by stretching him upon a wheel, and breaking his limbs
            with an iron bar; -- a mode of punishment formerly
            employed in some countries.
      {To break wind}, to give vent to wind from the anus.
      Syn: To dispart; rend; tear; shatter; batter; violate;
               infringe; demolish; destroy; burst; dislocate.
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