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stale   WordNet 2.0

- urinate, of cattle and horses

 
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- showing deterioration from age
"stale bread"

 
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- no longer new

- uninteresting
"cold (or stale) news"

 
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- lacking originality or spontaneity

- no longer new
"moth-eaten theories about race"

 
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Stale   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake. [Written also steal, stele, etc.]

"But seeling the arrow's stale without, and that the head did go No further than it might be seen." -- Chapman.

 
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1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer.

2. Not new; not freshly made; as, stele bread.

3. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed. "A stale virgin." Spectator.

4. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common. Swift.

"Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing." -- Grew.

"How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world!" -- Shak.

Stale affidavit
(Law), an affidavit held above a year. Craig.

Stale demand
(Law), a claim or demand which has not been pressed or demanded for a long time.

 
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1. To make vapid or tasteless; to destroy the life, beauty, or use of; to wear out.

"Age can not wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety." -- Shak.

 
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1. To make water; to discharge urine; -- said especially of horses and cattle. Hudibras.

 
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1. That which is stale or worn out by long keeping, or by use. [Obs.]

2. A prostitute. [Obs.] Shak.

3. Urine, esp. that of beasts. "Stale of horses." Shak.

 
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1. Something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool pigeon. [Obs.]

"Still, as he went, he crafty stales did lay." -- Spenser.

2. A stalking-horse. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

3. (Chess) A stalemate. [Obs.] Bacon.

4. A laughingstock; a dupe. [Obs.] Shak.

 
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