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; esp., one of the strips which form the sides of a cask, a pail, etc. (noun)
One of the bars or rounds of a rack, rungs of a ladder, etc; one of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel (noun)
A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff. (noun)
The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff. (noun)
A staff or walking stick (noun)
To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst. Often with in. (verb)
To push, as with a staff. With off. (verb)
To delay by force; to drive away. Often with off. (verb)
To burst in pieces by striking against something. (verb)
To walk or move rapidly. (verb)
Examples of word stave
Their poems were graven upon small staves or rods, one line upon each face of the rod; and the Old English word "stave," as applied to a stanza, is probably a relic of the practice, which, in the early ages, prevailed in the West.
They've got to get a proposal together with, like, sheet music and all, and with the music constructed in GarageBand by yours truly, who barely knows a stave from a semi-quaver, getting that together is ... a challenge, as they say.
If you're buying a stave from a dealer, you'll save on drying time (4-6 weeks if cutting your own).
He was singing a stave from the "Enniskillen Dragoon" when I came up with him
Origin: A stave is a stick of wood, from the plural of staff, staves.