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Definitions of staff

  1. the body of teachers and administrators at a school; " the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
  2. provide with staff; " This position is not always staffed"
  3. a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; " he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
  4. ( music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
  5. 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"
  6. building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure ( as at an exposition) or for decoration
  7. serve on the staff of; " The two men staff the reception desk"
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a person walking; hence, a support; that which props or upholds.
  11. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office; as, a constable's staff.
  12. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  13. The round of a ladder.
  14. A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
  15. The five lines and the spaces on which music is written; -- formerly called stave.
  16. An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  17. The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  18. 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.
  19. Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendant or manager; as, the staff of a newspaper.
  20. 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.
  21. 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).
  22. A stick carried for support or as a weapon; pole; five lines and spaces on which music is written.
  23. A stick, as a shaft or pole; a cane or walking stick.
  24. A body of officers attached ot a commander.
  25. The combined lines and spaces used in written or printed music.
  26. A stick carried in the hand for support or defence; a support; a club; a stick, pole, or handle; the five lines and the spaces on which music is written; an ensign of authority; a pole for displaying a flag; a body of skilled officers attached to an army, connected with the management of it or that of a department under the commander; a body of officials connected with a department.

Usage examples for staff

  1. None of the rest of the staff will come in until we're through. – Anything You Can Do by Gordon Randall Garrett
  2. Even our staff knew it. – Further Foolishness by Stephen Leacock
  3. Or one of the General Staff." – Take the Reason Prisoner by John Joseph McGuire
  4. By the side of this opening, on looking more closely, I beheld a cup tied to the end of a staff. – Laos Folk-Lore of Farther India by Katherine Neville Fleeson
  5. It used to shake all over when it saw a Staff- officer!" – Captain Jim by Mary Grant Bruce
  6. So, almost before he knew it, Dave was on the staff of The Call. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  7. Lastly I wish to thank the staff of the University Press for using their best efforts to produce the work rapidly and well, and for many acts of personal kindness to myself. – The Care of Books by John Willis Clark
  8. " You see you'd better read it to us in self- defence," remarked the chief of staff. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  9. It can well be understood that such an event troubled and frightened the whole staff. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  10. Adjutantcies and staff service were hardly established. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  11. Lord Dundonald and his staff had just arrived. – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  12. She and her mother had met three of the Staff in Smith's on Saturday morning, and she guessed from what they said that that was what they doing. – Judy of York Hill by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  13. Now she stood leaning on her staff and thinking back over the course she had run. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  14. At his request permission was granted me to be attached to his Staff during his stay. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  15. The staff is also useful for feeling the way. – How Girls Can Help Their Country by Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell
  16. " You are ill," said the Jew, addressing Zillah, while he seated himself and rested his head upon his staff. – The Circassian Slave; or, The Sultan's Favorite A Story of Constantinople and the Caucasus by Lieutenant Maturin Murray
  17. No staff flew Mr. Worthington's arms; nevertheless the lord of Brampton was in his castle again, and Brampton felt that he was there. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  18. Mr. Benfy was too " well- read" to be wholly popular with the staff. – Romance Island by Zona Gale
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