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noun 
  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; esp., one of the strips which form the sides of a cask, a pail, etc.
  2. One of the bars or rounds of a rack, 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.
Translations: 
  • German: Daube (1), Sprosse (2), Strophe (3), Vers (3), Notenlinien plural (4)
  • French: portée (4)
verb (staves, staving, stove or staved)
  1. (transitive) To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst. Often with in.
  2. (transitive) To push, as with a staff. With off.
  3. (transitive) To delay by force; to drive away. Often with off.
  4. (intransitive) To burst in pieces by strike, striking against something.
Etymology: (back-form, staves, nodot=9), the plural of (term, staff).


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