Staved
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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