Stake

Stake may refer to:
* A stake is a long, pointed object thrust into the ground. Stakes have many applications, such as slaying vampires, demarcating a small plot of land, anchoring guy ropes for a tent or other portable structure, or slowly releasing fertilizer to aid the growth of plants
* In folklore and mythology, a wooden stake have special powers to kill certain monsters via impalement. See vampire.
* In business, a stake is a share of ownership of a company. [ [http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/stake_2?view=uk Ask Oxford] ]
* Stake (Latter Day Saints), an administrative unit of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Latter Day Saint denominations
* Sudis (stake), field fortification carried by Roman legionaries
* Execution by burning, to ancient Christians, a stake was a pole to which people accused of heresy or witchcraft were tied and "burned at the stake"
* A "torture stake", a method of execution similar to crucifixion using a single pole or stake in lieu of a cross, killing the victim by asphyxiation, or in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs, nailed to an instrument similar to a cross but without a horizontal crossbar . See impalement.
* A stake is a polished iron shape, very firmly mounted, used by silversmiths in the manner of a blacksmith's anvil
* " [http://www.stakes.fi/EN/index.htm Stakes] " is the established acronym for the official research bureau of welfare and health in Finland.

;Games
* In gambling, a stake is the quantity of money or other goods that is risked on the outcome of some specific event
** As a result, many horse races' names end in the word "Stakes", causing metaphoric usages such as "an animal winning the reproduction stakes".
* , the 2003 Xbox game
* Stake (lawn game) is a popular lawn game played by 2 or more persons by throwing a metal spike in to the ground.

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  • stake — Ⅰ. stake [1] ► NOUN 1) a strong post with a point at one end, driven into the ground to support a tree, form part of a fence, etc. 2) (the stake) historical a wooden post to which a person was tied before being burned alive. ► VERB 1) support (a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stake — (st[=a]k), n. [AS. staca, from the root of E. stick; akin to OFries. & LG. stake, D. staak, Sw. stake, Dan. stage. See {Stick}, v. t., and cf. {Estacade}, {Stockade}.] 1. A piece of wood, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • @stake — @stake, Inc. was a computer security professional services company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. It was founded in 1999 by Battery Ventures (Tom Crotty, Sunil Dhaliwal, and Scott Tobin) and Ted Julian. Its initial core team of… …   Wikipedia

  • Stake — Stake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staked} (st[=a]kd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staking}.] 1. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark the limits of by stakes; with out; as, to stake out land; to stake… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stake — [stāk] n. [ME < OE staca, akin to Frank * stakka: see STICK] 1. a length of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground, as for marking a boundary, supporting a plant, etc. 2. a) the post to which a person was tied for… …   English World dictionary

  • stake — n 1: the subject matter (as property or an obligation) of an interpleader 2: an interest or share in an esp. commercial undertaking Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • stake — [n1] pole pale, paling, picket, post, rod, spike, stave, stick; concepts 471,479 stake [n2] bet, wager ante, chance, hazard, peril, pledge, pot, risk, venture; concept 329 stake [n3] share, investment award, claim, concern, interest, involvem …   New thesaurus

  • Stake — Sf Pfahl, Stocherstange per. Wortschatz ndd. (15. Jh.) Stammwort. Übernommen aus dem Niederdeutschen: Mndd. stake, mndl. stake m., in hochdeutscher Form ahd. stah Spießhirsch . Ferner ae. staca m. Stange und wohl auch verbaut in gt. hleiþra… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Stake [1] — Stake (Stakhake), hölzerne Stange, deren man sich bes. zum Fortschieben kleiner Fahrzeuge bedient; am obern Ende ist eine Krücke, am untern ein gabelförmiger eiserner Haken mit Stachel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Stake [2] — Stake (engl., spr. Steht), der Einsatz im Spiele u. bei Wetten, bes. bei Wettrennen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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