An example of a stave is a piece of wood used in a woven basket.
An example of a stave is a stanza.
An example of stave is to crush a wooden barrel.
An example of stave is to drive into a garage.
To stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run.
- to break or crush inward
- to ward off, hold off, or put off, as by force, guile, etc.
Origin of stave
- Back-formation from staves pl. of staff
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Back-formation from staves, the plural of staff.