noun, plural staffs for 1-5, 9; staves [steyvz] /steɪvz/ or staffs for 6-8, 10, 11.
- a body of officers without command authority, appointed to assist a commanding officer.
- the parts of any army concerned with administrative matters, planning, etc., rather than with actual participation in combat.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of staff1
grammar notes for staff
OTHER WORDS FROM staffstaffless, adjectiveun·staffed, adjectivewell-staffed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH staffstaff , staph.
Definition for staff (2 of 2)
Origin of staff2
Example sentences from the Web for staff
Most female peshmerga fighters were tasked with staffing checkpoints and guarding bases alongside their male counterparts.
Donson was not surprised that money earmarked for programs to benefit inmates actually pays for staffing and other costs.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up|Center for Public Integrity|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The result is a gap in staffing, funding, and overall support of local candidates.Iowa Has a Phantom Democratic Presidential Candidates Problem|Ben Jacobs|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But rent ($12.7 million) and staffing ($16.4 million) more than ate up the operating profit.
His desk mate said “I hope to work in management, organization, and staffing.”How I’ll End the War: Making Collage Art With Afghan Students|Nick Willard|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The centering of a staff in wax has been thoroughly described and in pivoting the proceeding is the same as in staffing.A Treatise on Staff Making and Pivoting|Eugene E. Hall
British Dictionary definitions for staff (1 of 2)
noun plural for senses 1,3,4 staffs or plural for senses 5-9 staffs or staves (steɪvz)
- the system of horizontal lines grouped into sets of five (four in the case of plainsong) upon which music is written. The spaces between them are also used, being employed in conjunction with a clef in order to give a graphic indication of pitch
- any set of five lines in this system together with its clefthe treble staff