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Meaning of STAVE

Pronunciation:  steyv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
  2. [n]  one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket
  3. [n]  (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
  4. [v]  burst or force (a hole) into something

STAVE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: lag, round, rung, staff, stave in
 See Also: barrel, break open, burst, cask, crosspiece, feeding chair, folding chair, highchair, musical notation, rocker, rocking chair, side chair, slat, space, spline, split, staff line, straight chair



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stave\, n. [From {Staff}, and corresponding to the pl.
    staves. See {Staff}.]
    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 cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel; one of the
       bars or rounds of a rack, a ladder, etc.
    3. A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
             Let us chant a passing stave In honor of that hero
             brave.                                --Wordsworth.
    4. (Mus.) The five horizontal and parallel lines on and
       between which musical notes are written or pointed; the
       staff. [Obs.]
    {Stave jointer}, a machine for dressing the edges of staves.
  2. \Stave\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staved}or {Stove}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Staving}.] [From {Stave}, n., or {Staff}, n.]
    1. 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.
    2. To push, as with a staff; -- with off.
             The condition of a servant staves him off to a
             distance.                             --South.
    3. To delay by force or craft; to drive away; -- usually with
       off; as, to stave off the execution of a project.
             And answered with such craft as women use, Guilty or
             guilties, to stave off a chance That breaks upon
             them perilously.                      --Tennyson.
    4. To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
             All the wine in the city has been staved. --Sandys.
    5. To furnish with staves or rundles. --Knolles.
    6. 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.
    {To stave and tail}, in bear baiting, (to stave) to interpose
       with the staff, doubtless to stop the bear; (to tail) to
       hold back the dog by the tail. --Nares.
  3. \Stave\, v. i.
    To burst in pieces by striking against something; to dash
    into fragments.
          Like a vessel of glass she stove and sank.