1. A temporary platform or system of platforms used for support; scaffolding.
a. The process or manner of putting on a play on the stage.
b. The art or process of arranging the elements included in a shot in front of a camera, as for a movie: The horror film's exquisite staging works to unsettle its viewers.
3. The act of jettisoning a stage of a multistage rocket.
a. The operation of stagecoaches as an enterprise.
b. Travel by stagecoach.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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