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Meaning of STAFF

Pronunciation:  staf

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  1. [n]  a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
  2. [n]  (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
  3. [n]  a rod carried as a symbol
  4. [n]  the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
  5. [n]  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. [n]  building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration
  7. [v]  provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"

STAFF is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: faculty, stave
 See Also: alpenstock, body, building material, cater, crook, crosier, crozier, crutch, distaff, flagpole, flagstaff, force, general staff, headquarters staff, mace, maintenance staff, man, musical notation, office, office staff, personnel, pikestaff, ply, professor, provide, quarterstaff, research staff, sales staff, scepter, sceptre, school, security staff, service staff, shepherd's crook, space, staff line, staff member, staffer, stick, supply, symbol, tipstaff, verge, wand



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Staff\, n. [G. staffiren to fill or fit out, adorn, fr.
    D. stoffeeren, OF. estoffer, F. ['e]toffer, fr. OF. estoffe
    stuff, F. ['e]toffe. See {Stuff}, n.] (Arch.)
    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.
  2. \Staff\, n.; pl. {Staves} (? or ?; 277) or {Staffs}in
    senses 1-9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff;
    akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw.
    staf, Dan. stav, Goth. stabs element, rudiment, Skr.
    sth[=a]pay to cause to stand, to place. See {Stand}, and cf.
    {Stab}, {Stave}, n.]
    1. 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
             And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of
             the altar to bear it withal.          --Ex. xxxviii.
             With forks and staves the felon to pursue. --Dryden.
    2. A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a
       person walking; hence, a support; that which props or
       upholds. ``Hooked staves.'' --Piers Plowman.
             The boy was the very staff of my age. --Shak.
             He spoke of it [beer] in ``The Earnest Cry,'' and
             likewise in the ``Scotch Drink,'' as one of the
             staffs of life which had been struck from the poor
             man's hand.                           --Prof.
    3. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a
       badge of office; as, a constable's staff.
             Methought this staff, mine office badge in court,
             Was broke in twain.                   --Shak.
             All his officers brake their staves; but at their
             return new staves were delivered unto them.
    4. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
    5. The round of a ladder. [R.]
             I ascend at one [ladder] of six hundred and
             thirty-nine staves.                   --Dr. J.
                                                   Campbell (E.
    6. A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded,
       the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
             Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for
             an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical. --Dryden.
    7. (Mus.) The five lines and the spaces on which music is
       written; -- formerly called stave.
    8. (Mech.) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
    9. (Surg.) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife,
       used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
    10. [From {Staff}, 3, a badge of office.] (Mil.) 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 {['E]tat Major}.
    11. Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect
        the plans of a superintendant or manager; as, the staff
        of a newspaper.
    {Jacob's staff} (Surv.), a single straight rod or staff,
       pointed and iron-shod at the bottom, for penetrating the
       ground, and having a socket joint at the top, used,
       instead of a tripod, for supporting a compass.
    {Staff angle} (Arch.), a square rod of wood standing flush
       with the wall on each of its sides, at the external angles
       of plastering, to prevent their being damaged.
    {The staff of life}, bread. ``Bread is the staff of life.''
    {Staff tree} (Bot.), any plant of the genus {Celastrus},
       mostly climbing shrubs of the northern hemisphere. The
       American species ({C. scandens}) is commonly called
       {bittersweet}. See 2d {Bittersweet}, 3
        (b) .
    {To set}, or {To put}, {up, or down}, {one's staff}, to take
       up one's residence; to lodge. [Obs.]