2. baton, wand, truncheon, rod of authority; mace, scepter, crosier, verge, fasces, Class. Myth, caduceus.
3. personnel, employees, hired help, the help; gang, crew.
-v. 4. (all with personnel) equip, furnish, supply, provide, man. stage, n. 1. level, echelon, stratum; place, position, station, status, standing, rank.
2. platform, rostrum, dais, podium, pulpit, estrade, scaffold, Inf. soapbox, Fig. stump; thrust stage, picture-frame stage, proscenium stage, (in ancient Greek and Roman theater) scene.
3. the stage show business, Inf. show biz; drama, the theater, the footlights, the boards.
4. site, scene of action, arena, field, ground; setting, milieu, background, backdrop, locale, frame, Fr. mise en scene.
5. juncture, point, period, time, moment, hour, day, season.
-v. 6. present, produce, mount, put on; block, block out; act, perform, stagger, v. 1. reel, sway, rock; teeter, totter, teeter-totter, wobble; lurch, pitch, Brit. Dial, stoit.
2. falter, waver, hesitate, pause, hang back; demur, boggle, think twice, have second thoughts; hem and haw, blow hot and cold, shilly-shally, be of two minds, not know one's own mind, be unable to make up one's mind, be betwixt and between; vacillate, fluctuate, vary, seesaw.
3. shock, startle, stun, gravel, shake, jar, jolt, give one a turn, take aback; astonish, amaze, astound, take one's breath away, make one's head swim, overwhelm, Inf. flabbergast, Inf. bowl over, Inf snow, SI. blow one's mind, SI. blow away; dumfound, confound, nonplus, bewilder, discompose, stupefy, strike dumb, Inf. flummox.
4. alternate; zigzag. staging, n. 1. (all of a drama) production, presentation, mounting, performance; stage management, Fr. mise en scene.
2. scaffolding, framework, grid, skeleton, stagnant, adj. 1. foul, stale, flat; dirty, filthy, polluted; putrid, putrescent, putrefied.
2. sluggish, leaden, phlegmatic, lymphatic, lethargic, torpid, torporific, torpescent; idle, passive, supine, inactive, lazy; dull, listless, languid, lackadaisical.
3. motionless, quiet, quiescent, still, stock-still, unstirring, unmoving, immovable, immobile; undisturbed, latent, dormant, dormient, reposing, resting, sleepy, sleeping; inert, lifeless, dead; stationary, fixed, static; becalmed. stagnate, v. 1. rot, decompose, decay, spoil, putrefy; fester, suppurate, Pathol, maturate; deteriorate, degenerate, decline, worsen, go to seed, go to pot; smell, stink, reek; stale, sour.
2. idle, lie idle, slumber, loaf, vegetate, rest; languish, laze, lazy, loll, Inf. bum, Inf. bum around; trifle or fritter or fool or while away one's time, twiddle one's thumbs, let the grass grow under one's feet; lag, tarry, linger, loiter, hang back.
3. stop, cease, desist, halt; stand, come to a standstill, lie or stand still, remain motionless; pause, wait, hesitate; procrastinate, defer, postpone, delay; stall, suspend, mark time, hang fire.
4. abate, slacken, Inf. slack off, Inf. let up. stagy, adj. 1. theatrical, dramatic, dramaturgical;
scenic; operatic; thespian, histrionic, Roscian.
2. artificial, unnatural, forced; melodramatic, overdone, overacted, SI. hammy; ostentatious, pretentious, affected, la-di-da.