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Stale Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    stale adj
  1. showing deterioration from age; "stale bread" [ant: fresh]
  2. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race" [syn: old, moth-eaten]
  3. no longer new; uninteresting; "cold (or stale) news" [syn: cold] v : urinate, of cattle and horses
Stale Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stale \Stale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Staled; p. pr. & vb. n. Staling.] 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.
Stale Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stale \Stale\, n. [OE. stale, stele, AS. st[ae]l, stel; akin to LG. & D. steel, G. stiel; cf. L. stilus stake, stalk, stem, Gr. ? a handle, and E. stall, stalk, n.] 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.
Stale Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stale \Stale\, a. [Akin to stale urine, and to stall, n.; probably from Low German or Scandinavian. Cf. Stale, v. i.]
  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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  • Stale: Stale ' | s | t | a | l | e is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Grębów , within Tarnobrzeg County , Subcarpathian ...

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* Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. - William Shakespeare

* Winter lies too long in country towns hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen. - Willa Cather


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