- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM staveun·staved, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for stave
The lords of politics, capital, labor and the professions throw down their staves of office and power to do King Gobble homage.
When push comes to shove, the pressure of staving off Ghana, Portugal, and Germany fell on Howard.
Which is exactly how I plan on staving off boredom this Yom Kippur.
"You are running it in staving, tiptop, first-class style," Clemens wrote to Bliss.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
"A couple of days more staving round in the snowdrifts and I'll be ready," he announced, and Joshua began to pack up.The Come Back|Carolyn Wells
He told me that the trial which he has been staving off from time to time, will take place to-morrow.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
Honora guessed at a purpose of staving off graver remonstrance, but Phœbe looked on in astonishment.Hopes and Fears|Charlotte M. Yonge
Two men were pulling; a third, boat-hook in hand, was staving off the floating masses of ice; a fourth was at the rudder.The Green Book|Mr Jkai
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)