Definition for staves (2 of 4)
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)
Origin of staff1
Related formsstaff·less, adjectiveun·staffed, adjectivewell-staffed, adjective
Can be confusedstaff staph
Definition for staves (3 of 4)
- 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 formsun·staved, adjective
Definition for staves (4 of 4)
Origin of staff2
Examples from the Web for staves
It is clear to you that she intends to use the staves as oars.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Italy he decides that fascism is in fact “a sort of boy scout regime; but instead of staves it carries revolvers.”The Grand Tour in Style: Robert Byron’s ‘Europe in the Looking-Glass’|Malcolm Forbes|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Another common trick is to flavor inexpensive wines with oak chips or staves.
Close by the border were the rings, the places for the staves to bear the table.
And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grating of brass, to be places for the staves.
If the old man had bidden his sons bind their staves in several bundles instead of in one, the result would have been doubtful.An American Politician|F. Marion Crawford
Bourrit provided himself with a fourteen-foot ladder, a couple of hatchets, ropes and staves, and started with a small party.The Spell of Switzerland|Nathan Haskell Dole
Our bonnets had staves in de brim to make 'em stand out and had ruffles 'round de front.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
British Dictionary definitions for staves (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for staves (2 of 4)
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
Word Origin for staff
British Dictionary definitions for staves (3 of 4)
Word Origin for staff
British Dictionary definitions for staves (4 of 4)
- British an individual group of five lines and four spaces used in staff notation
- another word for staff 1 (def. 9)