Definitions of stave

  1. To break a hole in: with in; as, to stave in a boat; to make by breaking in the staves; as, to stave a hole in a boat; delay or put off; keep at a distance; drive away: with off; as, to stave off an illness or trouble.
  2. To break a stave or the staves of: to break: to burst: to drive off, as with a staff: to delay:- pa. t. and pa. p. staved or stove.
  3. To break the staves of; break; burst; drive off; delay.
  4. To break in the staves of; smash.
  5. To furnish or fit with staves.
  6. furnich with staves; " stave a ladder"
  7. 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 strips which form the sides of a cask, a pail, etc.
  8. One of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel; one of the bars or rounds of a rack, a ladder, etc.
  9. A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
  10. The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff.
  11. 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.
  12. To push, as with a staff; -- with off.
  13. To delay by force or craft; to drive away; -- usually with off; as, to stave off the execution of a project.
  14. To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
  15. To furnish with staves or rundles.
  16. 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.
  17. To burst in pieces by striking against something; to dash into fragments.
  18. Staved, stove.
  19. To break a hole in; to burst; to push, as with a staff; to delay; to pour out; to suffer to be lost by breaking the staff.
  20. To break a hole in; to burst; to furnish with staves.
  21. Staving.
  22. One of the thin narrow strips of wood forming the sides of a cask or barrel; a pole or piece of wood of some length; in music, the five parallel lines on and between which the notes and rests are written; a staff.
  23. One of the pieces of which a cask is made: a staff or part of a piece of music: a stanza.
  24. One of the pieces forming a cask; a stanza; short song.
  25. A curved strip of wood, forming a part of the sides of a barrel, tub, or the like.
  26. A stanza; verse.
  27. A thin narrow piece of timber, of which casks are made; a staff; a metrical portion; the five lines and spaces on which music is written.
  28. A pole of some length; one of the bars of which a cask is made up.
  29. A metrical portion; the five parallel lines, and the four contained spaces, on and within which musical notes are written; a verse, or so much of the psalm as is given out at once by the precentor, to be repeated by the congregation.
  30. Staved.
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