What does the word dais mean?

Usage examples for dais

  1. Lilly, being a younger pupil, sat close under the dais, and she felt vaguely as if a vast flood of new melody was floating over her head; music having always played the supreme part in her life and imagination, pictures and thoughts came to her first through the world of sound. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  2. A dais has been put up at one end of it. – Six Plays by Florence Henrietta Darwin
  3. Indulge as he might in extravagance, there were always before him, as on a vastly extended dais set before the student, the glories of nature and of art, the great personalities and productions of the great artists. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury