1. 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; especially, one of the strips which form the sides of a cask, a pail, etc.
  2. One of the bars or rounds of a rack, rungs of a ladder, etc; one of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel
  3. A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
  4. The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff.
  5. A staff or walking stick


  1. To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst. Often with in.
    to stave in a cask
  2. To push, as with a staff. With off.
  3. To delay by force or craft; to drive away. Often with off.
    to stave off the execution of a project
  4. To burst in pieces by striking against something.
  5. To walk or move rapidly.
  6. To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
  7. To furnish with staves or rundles.
  8. To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron.
    to stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run

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