Staff vs Uniform - What's the difference?

staff | uniform |

As a proper noun staff

is .

As a symbol uniform is

the letter u in the icao spelling alphabet.



(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
  • uniform



    (en adjective)
  • Unvarying; all the same.
  • Consistent; conforming to one standard.
  • * Hooker
  • The only doubt is how far churches are bound to be uniform in their ceremonies.
  • (mathematics) with speed of convergence not depending on choice of function argument; as in uniform continuity, uniform convergence
  • Derived terms

    * uniformity * uniformly


    (en noun)
  • A distinctive outfit that serves to identify members of a group.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=6 citation , passage=‘[…] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”. […]’.}}
  • * F. W. Robertson
  • There are many things which a soldier will do in his plain clothes which he scorns to do in his uniform .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author=(Peter Wilby)
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Finland spreads word on schools , passage=Imagine a country where children do nothing but play until they start compulsory schooling at age seven. Then, without exception, they attend comprehensives until the age of 16.
  • Phonetic equivalent for the letter U in the ICAO spelling alphabet, informally known as the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  • A uniformed police officer (as opposed to a detective).
  • * 1996 , S. J. Rozan, Concourse , Macmillan, ISBN 0-312-95944-3, page 265,
  • Skeletor held the gun against Speedo’s head, held Speedo between himself and the cops who stood, motionless and futile, where they’d stopped. Robinson, Lindfors, Carter, three uniforms and I watched helpless as Skeletor, dragging Speedy with him, inched out the gate, started backing down the hill.
  • * 2001 , Christine Wiltz, The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld , Da Capo Press, ISBN 0-306-81012-3, page 113,
  • Four men flew out of it, three uniforms and one in what appeared to be an English riding outfit—boots, whip, the whole nine yards. He called out, “I’m the superintendent of police.”
  • * 2004 , , Penny Dreadful , MacAdam/Cage Publishing, ISBN 1-931561-81-8, page 81,
  • Eyes to the front now and there was the body, a lump of black and brown. Moon counted three uniforms and a photographer, the medical examiner and his assistant.


    (en verb)
  • To clothe in a uniform.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1910, author=Robert W. Chambers, title=Ailsa Paige, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=You can't erect an army by uniforming and drilling a few hundred thousand clerks and farmers. }} ----