Definition of stave in English:
1A vertical wooden post or plank in a building or other structure.
- It's like a workshop in Hades - you feel the heat from barrels set over open fires in the floor and hear the piercing din of hammers on steel as hoops are pounded onto staves.
- Cutting staves led to the purchase of a kiln, which, in turn, opened up additional markets.
- Here there were no men training, only a few targets and a pile of wooden staves in the corner.
1.1Any of the lengths of wood fixed side by side to make a barrel, bucket, or other container.
- Experiments with brandy as well as wine, however, demonstrate the superiority of air-dried over kiln-dried wood for barrel staves.
- To illustrate this, Liebig imagined a barrel crafted out of staves of mismatched lengths.
- The wood of the stave and arrow shafts was dark with moisture.
1.2A strong wooden stick or iron pole used as a weapon.
- In the center lie a pile of wooden swords, staves, daggers, shields.
- Every character has swords, staves or other edged weaponry, which you can perform light spin attacks or strong power strikes on opponents.
- The two guards were confronted by four men in balaclavas, armed with a small samurai sword and wooden staves.
2 (also staff) Music , British A set of five parallel lines on any one or between any adjacent two of which a note is written to indicate its pitch.
- A typical graph contains one or more grand staves, or piano staves, so one will likely begin with a piano template.
- In his Alphabet des mouvements du corps humain he placed movement symbols on a special stave while recording the floor patterns above it.
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2 (past and past participle staved) (stave something off) Avert or delay something bad or dangerous: a reassuring presence can stave off a panic attack
More example sentences
- But, largely thanks to the efforts of the ‘Save the Jags’ campaign, under whose auspices Thistle supporters rallied to raise funds, the immediate threat of closure was staved off.
- In cults and controlling groups the crisis of admitting that everything one has believed is wrong is staved off by finding new explanations for discrepancies in the group's ideas and rules.
- But at least you've staved it off for 30, 40 years so that you don't get those proportionate deadly results.
Middle English: back-formation from staves, archaic plural of staff1. Current senses of the verb date from the early 17th century.
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