Staff meaning

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The definition of a staff is a long stick used for walking or a group of workers.

An example of staff is what a shepherd holds.

An example of staff is all of the workers at a school.

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A set of horizontal lines and intermediate spaces used in notation to represent a sequence of pitches, in modern notation normally consisting of five lines and four spaces.
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To provide with a staff of workers or assistants.
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To serve on the staff of (an organization).
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A building material of plaster and fiber used as an exterior wall covering of temporary buildings, as at expositions.
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A group of people assisting a chief, manager, president, or other leader.
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A group of officers serving a military or naval commanding officer in an advisory and administrative capacity without combat duties or command.
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A specific group of workers or employees.

A teaching staff, newspaper staff, maintenance staff.

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The horizontal lines on and between which notes are written or printed: the placement of a note on the staff indicates its pitch.
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Of, by, for, or on a staff; specif., employed full-time, as on a magazine staff, rather than as a freelance writer.
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To provide with a staff, as of workers.
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A building material of plaster and fiber, used as for decorative moldings or as a finish on temporary buildings.
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(plural staffs or staves) A long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
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(music, plural staves) A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
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(plural staff) The employees of a business.

The company employed 10 new members of staff this month.

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(uncountable) A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering (see Wikipedia article)
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A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.

A constable's staff.

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A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
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(archaic) The rung of a ladder.
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A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
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(engineering) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
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(surgery) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
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(military) An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution.
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To supply (a business) with employees.
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Staff is defined as to add employees to an organization, group, etc.

An example of staff is to hire camp counselors for the summer.

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A rule or similar graduated stick used for testing or measuring, as in surveying.
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Something that serves as a staple or support.
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A stick, rod, or pole.
  • A stick used as a support in walking.
  • A pole or club used as a weapon.
  • A pole for supporting a banner or flag.
  • A rod, wand, crosier, etc. used as a symbol of authority.
  • A shaft, as of a lance.
  • Any of several graduated sticks or rules used for measuring, as in surveying.
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Origin of staff

  • Middle English staf from Old English stæf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from German Stoff stuff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English stæf, from Proto-Germanic *stabaz. Cognate with Dutch staf, German Stab, Swedish stav. Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander", attested from 1702, is influenced from German Stab.

    From Wiktionary