Stage: The flat plate where the slides are placed for observation.
Stage Clips: Clips on the stage used to hold the slide in place.
Stage Plate: On a low power microscope, there is a frosted circular glass plate that fits in over the lower illuminator. This is called the stage plate. See also contrast plate.
Stand: On a low power microscope, the type of connection between the microscope body and the base. There are three main types: the post, the fixed arm and the universal boom stand.