n. A stick of wood sharpened at one end and set in the ground, or prepared to be set in the ground, as part of a fence, as a boundary-mark, as a post to tether an animal to, or as a support for something, as a hedge, a vine, a tent, or a fishing-net.n. Specifically The post to which a person condemned to death by burning is bound: as, condemned to the stake; burned at the stake; also, a post to which a bear to be baited is tied.n. In leather manufacturing, a post on which a skin is stretched for currying or graining.n. A vertical bar fixed in a socket or in staples on the edge of the bed of a platform railway-car or of a vehicle, to secure the load from rolling off, or, when a loose substance, as gravel, etc., is carried, to hold in place boards which retain the load.n. A small anvil used for working in thin metal, as by tinsmiths: it appears to be so called because stuck into the bench by a sharp vertical prop pointed at the end.To fasten to a stake; tether; also, to impale.To support with stakes; provide with supporting stakes or poles: as, to stake vines.To defend, barricade, or bar with stakes or piles.To divide or lay off and mark with stakes or posts: with out or off: as, to stake off a site for a school-house; to stake out oyster-beds.To stretch, scrape, and smooth (skins) by friction against the blunt edge of a semicircular knife fixed to the top of a short beam or post set upright.n. That which is placed at hazard as a wager; the sum of money or other valuable consideration which is deposited as a pledge or wager to be lost or won according to the issue of a contest or contingency.n. The prize in a contest of strength, skill, speed, or the like.n. An interest; something to gain or lose.n. The state of being laid or pledged as a wager; the state of being at hazard or in peril: preceded by at: as, his honor is at stake.n. The see or jurisdiction of a Mormon bishop.To wager; put at hazard or risk upon a future contingency; venture.n. A Middle English form of stack.n. The ling.n. The post or arm which carries the fixed or stationary jaw of a riveting-machine, and holds up the rivet against the pressure which upsets the metal and forms the head.