Another common trick is to flavor inexpensive wines with oak chips or staves.
It is clear to you that she intends to use the staves as oars.
In Italy he decides that fascism is in fact “a sort of boy scout regime; but instead of staves it carries revolvers.”
Bourrit provided himself with a fourteen-foot ladder, a couple of hatchets, ropes and staves, and started with a small party.
The only tools they used were staves, which they made before starting.
The fire was doubtless kindled as a signal for the assembling of a ruffianly body of disguised men, armed with clubs and staves.
Christine's father and his assistant propelled the boat with staves.
Randall and myself had nothing but staves, which were all the weapons we carried with us.
The staves immediately began to grow, and they grew to be great.
The staves are 31⁄2 inches thick, and are bound together with iron hoops.
Old English stæf "walking stick, strong pole used for carrying, rod used as a weapon" (also, in plural, "letter, character, writing," cf. stæfcræft "grammar"), from Proto-Germanic *stabaz (cf. Old Saxon staf, Old Norse stafr, Old Frisian stef, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch staf, Old High German stab, German Stab, Gothic *stafs "element;" Middle Dutch stapel "pillar, foundation"), from PIE root *stebh- "post, stem, to support, place firmly on, fasten" (cf. Old Lithuanian stabas "idol," Lithuanian stebas "staff, pillar;" Old Church Slavonic stoboru "pillar;" Sanskrit stabhnati "supports;" Greek stephein "to tie around, encircle, wreathe," staphyle "grapevine, bunch of grapes;" Old English stapol "post, pillar").
Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander" is attested from 1702, apparently from German, from the notion of the "baton" that is a badge of office or authority (a sense attested in English from 1530s). Meaning "group of employees (as at an office or hospital)" is first found 1837. Staff of life "bread" is from the Biblical phrase "to break the staff of bread" (Lev. xxvi:26), translating Hebrew matteh lekhem.
"to provide with a staff of assistants," 1859, from staff (n.). Related: Staffed; staffing.
"piece of a barrel," 1750, back-formation from staves (late 14c.), plural of staff (cf. leaves/leaf), possibly from Old English, but not recorded there. The verb (to stave in, past tense stove) is 1590s, originally nautical, on notion of bashing in the staves of a cask and letting out the contents; stave off (1620s) is literally "keep off with a staff," as of dogs.
A specific group of workers.
To provide with a staff of workers or assistants.
To serve on the staff of.