ETYM Old Fren. estage, French étage, (assumed) Late Lat. staticum, from Latin stare to stand. Related to Stand, Static.
1. A large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience.
2. Any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something.
3. (Usually); the theater as a profession.
4. A small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination; SYN. microscope stage.
5. A section or portion of a journey or course; SYN. leg.