Staff vs Null - What's the difference?

staff | null |

As a proper noun staff

is .

As a noun null is

zero, nil; the cardinal number before einn.



(wikipedia staff)


  • (label) A long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1927, author= F. E. Penny
  • , chapter=4, title= Pulling the Strings , passage=The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff .}}
  • A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
  • (label) The employees of a business.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 16, author=Denis Campbell, work=Guardian
  • , title= Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients' , passage=Most staff do not have the skills to cope with such challenging patients, who too often receive "impersonal" care and suffer from boredom, the first National Audit of Dementia found. It says hospitals should introduce "dementia champions".}}
  • (label) A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.
  • A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Methought this staff , mine office badge in court, / Was broke in twain.
  • *Sir (c.1564-1627)
  • All his officers brake their staves'; but at their return new ' staves were delivered unto them.
  • A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  • (label) The rung of a ladder.
  • * Dr. J. Campbell (E. Brown's Travels)
  • I ascend at one [ladder] of six hundred and thirty-nine staves .
  • A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical.
  • (label) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  • (label) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  • (label) 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.
  • Synonyms

    * (music) stave * (employees) personnel * See also

    Derived terms


    See also

    * truncheon * club * cudgel * stick * baton * bludgeon * rod * cane


    (en verb)
  • to supply (a business) with employees
  • null



    (en noun)
  • A non-existent or empty value or set of values.
  • Zero]] quantity of [[expression, expressions; nothing.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • Something that has no force or meaning.
  • (computing) the ASCII or Unicode character (), represented by a zero value, that indicates no character and is sometimes used as a string terminator.
  • (computing) the attribute of an entity that has no valid value.
  • Since no date of birth was entered for the patient, his age is null .
  • One of the beads in nulled work.
  • (statistics) null hypothesis
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having no validity, "null and void"
  • insignificant
  • * 1924 , Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove :
  • In proportion as we descend the social scale our snobbishness fastens on to mere nothings which are perhaps no more null than the distinctions observed by the aristocracy, but, being more obscure, more peculiar to the individual, take us more by surprise.
  • absent or non-existent
  • (mathematics) of the null set
  • (mathematics) of or comprising a value of precisely zero
  • (genetics, of a mutation) causing a complete loss of gene function, amorphic.
  • Derived terms

    * nullity


    (en verb)
  • to nullify; to annul
  • (Milton)

    See also

    * nil ----