Stave meaning

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(intransitive) To walk or move rapidly.
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The definition of a stave is a stick or strip of wood or metal used to make something, or a set of lines in a poem or song.

An example of a stave is a piece of wood used in a woven basket.

An example of a stave is a stanza.

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Stave is defined as to puncture, or put a big hole in.

An example of stave is to crush a wooden barrel.

An example of stave is to drive into a garage.

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A rung of a ladder or chair.
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A staff or cudgel.
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A set of verses; a stanza.
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To crush or smash inward, often by making a hole. Often used with in:
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A stick or staff.
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A set of verses, or lines, of a song or poem; stanza.
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To puncture or smash, esp. by breaking in a stave or staves.
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To beat as with a staff.
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One of a number of narrow strips of wood, or narrow iron plates, placed edge to edge to form the sides, covering, or lining of a vessel or structure; especially, one of the strips which form the sides of a cask, a pail, etc.
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One of the bars or rounds of a rack, rungs of a ladder, etc; one of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel.
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(poetry) A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
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The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff.
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A staff or walking stick.
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To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst. Often with in.

To stave in a cask.

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To push, as with a staff. With off.
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To delay by force or craft; to drive away. Often with off.

To stave off the execution of a project.

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(intransitive) To burst in pieces by striking against something.
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To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
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To furnish with staves or rundles.

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To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron.

To stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run.

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stave in
  • to break or crush inward
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stave off
  • to ward off, hold off, or put off, as by force, guile, etc.
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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.

    From Wiktionary