stake [-s] n

OE 'to pierce, thrust in'.

  1. Long wooden pole driven into the ground to which a person was bound and burned, or upon which a person was impaled.
  2. Peg driven into the ground as support for a tent.
  3. Sundial.

stake [-d, staking] v

see stake, n.

  1. Mark off; delineate boundaries.

stake [staking] v

obscure origin.

  1. Wager; bet.