- 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
Examples from the Web for staving
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.
Evasive replies with the intent of staving off the dreaded explanation do no good and may result in unexpected evil.
"Not much—unless you're a staving good runner," said Yates, with a grin.Dave Porter at Star Ranch|Edward Stratemeyer
In that tremendous sea the impact would be certain to mean the staving in of something forward, perhaps the springing of a butt.A Man to His Mate|J. Allan Dunn
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
What he had been staving off all day, instinctively, was the ugly possibility of Beatrix defying his authority.Abington Abbey|Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for staving
- British an individual group of five lines and four spaces used in staff notation
- another word for staff 1 (def. 9)