Definitions of staff

  1. provide with staff; " This position is not always staffed"
  2. a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; " he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
  3. personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task; " the hospital has an excellent nursing staff"; " the general relied on his staff to make routine decisions"
  4. building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure ( as at an exposition) or for decoration
  5. serve on the staff of; " The two men staff the reception desk"
  6. Plaster combined with fibrous and other materials so as to be suitable for sculpture in relief or in the round, or for forming flat plates or boards of considerable size which can be nailed to framework to make the exterior of a larger structure, forming joints which may afterward be repaired and concealed with fresh plaster.
  7. A long piece of wood; a stick; the long handle of an instrument or weapon; a pole or srick, used for many purposes; as, a surveyor's staff; the staff of a spear or pike.
  8. A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a person walking; hence, a support; that which props or upholds.
  9. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office; as, a constable's staff.
  10. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  11. The round of a ladder.
  12. A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
  13. The five lines and the spaces on which music is written; -- formerly called stave.
  14. An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  15. The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  16. An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution. See Etat Major.
  17. Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendant or manager; as, the staff of a newspaper.
  18. A stick carried for support in walking, etc.; a building material composed principally of plaster, used for temporary structures; the five lines and four spaces on which music is written; a flagpole; a body of executive and administrative officers attached to any department of an army, or to a commander; a body of assistants to a leader or manager; as, the staff of a newspaper.
  19. A stick carried for support or defence: a prop: a long piece of wood: pole: a flagstaff: the long handle of an instrument: a stick or ensign of authority: the five lines and spaces for music: a stanza ( the previous meanings have pl. STAFFS or STAVES, stavz): an establishment of officers acting together in an army, esp. that attached to the commander: a similar establishment of persons in any undertaking; as, the editorial staff of a newspaper ( the last two meanings have pl. STAFFS, stafs).
  20. A stick carried for support or as a weapon; pole; five lines and spaces on which music is written.
  21. The combined lines and spaces used in written or printed music.