- a verse or stanza of a poem or song.
- the alliterating sound in a line of verse, as the w-sound in wind in the willows.
verb (used with object), staved or stove, stav·ing.
verb (used without object), staved or stove, stav·ing.
- to put, ward, or keep off, as by force or evasion.
- to prevent in time; forestall: He wasn't able to stave off bankruptcy.
Origin of stave
Synonyms for stave
Related Words for stavethwart, avert, forestall, avoid, preclude, foil, counteract, anticipate, halt, obstruct, prohibit, forbid, obviate, restrict, hamper, check, debar, repress, arrest, restrain
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Contemporary Examples of stave
Four weeks after the injections, all 20 of the participants had developed the antibodies needed to stave off the infection.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
And how much do you need to sweat to stave off the disease that kills 500,000 people every year?Running 15 Miles a Week Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk
December 12, 2014
Will “loyalty cards” be enough to stave of a Republican massacre of House Democrats on Tuesday?The Democrats’ Simple Midterm Weapon
November 4, 2014
No surprise, therefore, that women are desperate to stave off the “visible signs” of aging.Nicole Kidman Botox Insanity: Why All Women Lose Out When We Obsess Over Stars’ Faces
May 25, 2014
While pundits think Morse is relatively safe in his effort to stave off recall, Giron is facing a much tighter race.A Battle Over Gun Control in Colorado
September 2, 2013
Historical Examples of stave
Here is Arnold of Sowley will troll as good a stave as any man in the Company.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Somehow, he had hoped that his father and his friends might have been able to stave off ruin.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
And she remembered her own passionate attempts to stave off despair by work.A Spirit in Prison
If I could stave off poverty no real harm could come to my child.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Jack answered by a graceful flourish of his hands, and a stave of another song.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
- Britishan individual group of five lines and four spaces used in staff notation
- another word for staff 1 (def. 9)
verb staves, staving, staved or stove
Word Origin for stave
"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.