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.
One of the bars or rounds of a rack, rungs of a ladder, etc; one of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel
(poetry) A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
(label) The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff.
A staff or walking stick.
- Let us chant a passing stave / In honour of that hero brave.
To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst. Often with in .
* 1851 ,
- to stave in a cask
- Be careful in the hunt, ye mates. Don’t stave the boats needlessly, ye harpooneers; good white cedar plank is raised full three per cent within the year.
, author=Edgar Rice Burrows
, title=The Mucker
, publisher=The Gutenberg Project
, passage=…for the jagged butt of the fallen mast was dashing against the ship's side with such vicious blows that it seemed but a matter of seconds ere it would stave
a hole in her.
To push, as with a staff. With off .
To delay by force or craft; to drive away. Often with off .
- The condition of a servant staves him off to a distance.
- to stave off the execution of a project
To burst in pieces by striking against something.
To walk or move rapidly.
To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
- And answered with such craft as women use, / Guilty or guilties, to stave off a chance / That breaks upon them perilously.
To furnish with staves or rundles.
- All the wine in the city has been staved .
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
* stave in
* stave off
to spell (words )
(en proper noun
A diminutive of Steven and Stephen, also used as a formal male given name.
Ann Beattie: Picturing Will
, Random House, ISBN 0394569873, page 67:
*: His first name was probably Steve' or Ed. No, there were no more ' Steves
or Eds in New York. They were now Steven or Edward, whether they were gay or straight. If they had money, they didn't have a nickname. Everybody was into high seriousness, so that now even dogs were named Humphrey and Raphael.
: Peyton Place
, UPNE, 1999, ISBN 1555534007, Book Three,Chapter 13,
*: Allison made a careful note of the address and within the hour she had met, decided she liked, and moved in with a girl of twenty who called herself Steve
*: "Don't call me Stephanie", Steve
had said. "I don't know why it should, but being called Stephanie always makes me feel like something pale and dull out of Jane Austen."
English diminutives of male given names