Stave
Stave Stave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staved} (st[=a]vd) or {Stove} (st[=o]v); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staving}.] [From {Stave}, n., or {Staff}, n.] 1. To break in a stave or the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst; -- often with in; as, to stave a cask; to stave in a boat. [1913 Webster]

2. To push, as with a staff; -- with off. [1913 Webster]

The condition of a servant staves him off to a distance. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. To delay by force or craft; to drive away; -- usually with off; as, to stave off the execution of a project. [1913 Webster]

And answered with such craft as women use, Guilty or guiltless, to stave off a chance That breaks upon them perilously. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask. [1913 Webster]

All the wine in the city has been staved. --Sandys. [1913 Webster]

5. To furnish with staves or rundles. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

6. To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron; as, to stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run. [1913 Webster]

{To stave and tail}, in bear baiting, (to stave) to interpose with the staff, doubtless to stop the bear; (to tail) to hold back the dog by the tail. --Nares. [1913 Webster]


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  • Stave — (st[=a]v), n. [From {Staff}, and corresponding to the pl. staves. See {Staff}.] 1. 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stave — [steɪv] verb stave something → off phrasal verb [transitive] to prevent something bad from happening or affecting you for a short period of time: • The company is restructuring in an attempt to stave off bankruptcy …   Financial and business terms

  • stave — [stāv] n. [ME, taken as sing. of staves, pl. of staf,STAFF1] 1. a) any of the thin, shaped strips of wood or metal, set edge to edge to form or strengthen the wall of a barrel, bucket, etc. b) any similar slat, bar, rung, stay, etc. 2. a stick or …   English World dictionary

  • Stave — can refer to:*Staff (music), a set of five horizontal lines and four spaces used in musical notation *Stave church, a Medieval wooden church with post and beam construction prevalent in Norway *The individual wood strips that form the sides of a… …   Wikipedia

  • Stave — benennt: John Stave (1929–1993), deutscher Schriftsteller und Satiriker Stave Island, Name mehrerer Inseln in den Vereinigten Staaten Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben W …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • stave — (n.) piece of a barrel, 1750, back formation from staves (late 14c.), plural of STAFF (Cf. staff) (Cf. leaves/leaf), possibly from O.E., but not recorded there. The verb (to stave in, past tense stove) is 1590s, originally nautical, on notion of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stave — ► NOUN 1) any of the lengths of wood fixed side by side to make a barrel, bucket, etc. 2) a strong stick, post, or pole. 3) (also staff) Music a set of five parallel lines on or between any of which a note is written to indicate its pitch. 4) a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stave — Stave, v. i. To burst in pieces by striking against something; to dash into fragments. [1913 Webster] Like a vessel of glass she stove and sank. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stave — noun. One of its meanings is the same as that of staff, a set of lines on which musical notes are written. The plural of both forms is staves. stave verb. Both staved and stove are used for the past tense and past participle. Staved off is more… …   Modern English usage

  • stave — verb avert, avoid, beat off, block, check, deflect, drive away, fend off, fugare, hamper, hinder, hold off, impede, inhibit, intercept, keep at bay, keep off, obstruct, prevent, propulsare, push away, put off, repel, repellere, shun, turn aside,… …   Law dictionary

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