Definition of stave in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
Old English staff ‘walking stick’ had a plural staves, which with the -s dropped became stave—the sort of stick from which you could built a barrel. Use as a musical term for a set of lines for musical notation dates from the early 19th century. Current senses of the verb date from the early 17th century, with stave off—fend off as if with a staff—found from the same date.
Words that rhyme with stavebehave, brave, Cave, clave, concave, crave, Dave, deprave, engrave, enslave, fave, forgave, gave, grave, knave, lave, Maeve, misbehave, misgave, nave, outbrave, pave, rave, save, shave, shortwave, slave, they've, waive, wave
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