- 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.
- 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
synonym study for stave
OTHER WORDS FROM staveun·staved, adjective
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How to use stave in a sentence
Four weeks after the injections, all 20 of the participants had developed the antibodies needed to stave off the infection.
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|DailyBurn|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Will “loyalty cards” be enough to stave of a Republican massacre of House Democrats on Tuesday?
No surprise, therefore, that women are desperate to stave off the “visible signs” of aging.
Sure ASMR clips can put you to sleep and help stave off insomnia, maybe even get rid of that nasty headache you've had for days.
Groping around, I found a stout stick or stave, put my back to the wall, and beat about me blindly but with vigor.
Procure a good barrel with a bottom and cut off each alternate stave at both ends close up to the first hoop.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
Mupugung (mupapugung) sa pulsu ang kindi, Candies will stave off hunger.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
And sang a stave and drained a quart and called aloud for more.
The poor fellows were able to stave off starvation by visiting various free lunches during the day.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for stave
- British an individual group of five lines and four spaces used in staff notation
- another word for staff 1 (def. 9)