I. noun (plural staffs or staves) Etymology: Middle English staf, from Old English stæf; akin to Old High German stab staff, Sanskrit stabhnāti he supports Date: before 12th century 1. a. a long stick carried in the hand for support in walking b. a supporting rod: as (1) archaic shaft 1a(1) (2) a crosspiece in a ladder or chair ; rung (3) flagstaff (4) a pivoted arbor c. club, cudgel 2. a. crosier b. a rod carried as a symbol of office or authority 3. the horizontal lines with their spaces on which music is written — called also stave 4. any of various graduated sticks or rules used for measuring ; rod 5. plural staffs a. the officers chiefly responsible for the internal operations of an institution or business b. a group of officers appointed to assist a civil executive or commanding officer c. military or naval officers not eligible for operational command d. the personnel who assist a director in carrying out an assigned task e. plural staff a member of a staff <
employs three full-time staff
staff adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1859 1. to supply with a staff or with workers 2. to serve as a staff member of <
an organization staffed by volunteers

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