- 1 [treated as singular or plural] All the people employed by a particular organization: a staff of 600 hospital staff were not to blameMore example sentences
- It will take time to train up the staff, but I am hopeful that the post office can get on top of the problem in the coming months.
- The only way I've ever gotten a job is because I know somebody on the staff or the owner.
- The library staff attach a sign to the door and lock it whenever large groups of children gather in the square outside.
- 1.1The teachers in a school or college: [as modifier]: a staff meetingMore example sentences
- In many school districts, these are teachers or other staff members looking for a new job.
- As part of our college tradition, a staff member visits a family when they are going through a rough patch.
- Two weeks ago the College Steward banned staff members from drinking with students.
- 2 [treated as singular or plural] A group of officers assisting an officer in command of an army formation or administration headquarters.More example sentences
- A few non-regimental doctors served on the administrative staff for general and field hospitals.
- It would be years before we met again, this time as generals on the staff of the Army in Europe.
- He was the first staff air medical officer to be appointed by the Royal Navy.
- 3A long stick used as a support when walking or climbing or as a weapon.More example sentences
- It was a wide arena, with a lodge at one end; I suppose to store the weapons: staffs, swords, bows, etc.
- In one cabinet were metal weapons, from staffs to daggers.
- Both depict Liberty figures standing with their fasces and bonnets supported on staffs before key locations in Rome, as if claiming them as their own.
- 3.1A rod or scepter held as a sign of office or authority.More example sentences
- The Hemba chief holds a cane or staff, sign of authority passed down from the founder of the state.
- All of the mages had staffs appropriate to their height with globes resting atop them.
- 3.3 Surveying A rod for measuring distances or heights.More example sentences
- he Nedo Messtronic is an easy-to-use digital telescopic measuring staff for skilled trades.
- In many cases, actual measuring staffs or rods, to indicate the exact dimensions of the ironwork, should be sent to the site in advance.
verb[with object] (usually be staffed) Back to top
- Provide (an organization, business, etc.) with staff: legal advice centers are staffed by volunteer lawyers (as adjective staffed) all units are fully staffedMore example sentences
- Dr Anthony made it clear that the unit was fully staffed by a team of highly competent specialists.
- Our shops were mostly small family businesses, owned and staffed by Scots.
- The Centre is staffed by trained volunteers who are available to meet all callers.
the staff of life
- A staple food, especially bread.More example sentences
- For a while now I've been interested in the fact that grain - the staff of life, the staple food for most of the world, the building-block of most civilizations - is actually quite dangerous in large quantities.
- She ended the ceremony by presenting family members with a loaf of bread representing the staff of life, a bottle of wine representing the joy of companionship, a bouquet of flowers representing beauty and renewal, and a Bible.
- Bread is the cornerstone of our diet, the staff of life.
Old English stæf (sense 3 of the noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch staf and German Stab.
- A mixture of plaster of Paris, cement, or a similar material, used for temporary building work.More example sentences
- Staff may easily be bent, sawed, bored, or nailed.
- Staff was invented in France about 1876 and was used in the construction and ornamentation of the buildings of the Paris Expositions of 1878 and of 1889.
late 19th century: of unknown origin.