Definition of Stave

1. Noun. (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written.

Exact synonyms: Staff
Generic synonyms: Musical Notation
Terms within: Staff Line, Space
Category relationships: Music



2. Verb. Furnish with staves. "Stave a ladder"
Generic synonyms: Equip, Fit, Fit Out, Outfit

3. Noun. One of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket.
Exact synonyms: Lag
Group relationships: Barrel, Cask
Generic synonyms: Slat, Spline

4. Verb. Burst or force (a hole) into something.
Exact synonyms: Stave In
Generic synonyms: Break Open, Burst, Split

5. Noun. A crosspiece between the legs of a chair.
Exact synonyms: Round, Rung
Generic synonyms: Crosspiece
Group relationships: Folding Chair, Feeding Chair, Highchair, Rocker, Rocking Chair, Side Chair, Straight Chair

Definition of Stave

1. n. 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. v. t. 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.

3. v. i. To burst in pieces by striking against something; to dash into fragments.

Definition of Stave

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. One of the bars or rounds of a rack, rungs of a ladder, etc; one of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel ¹

3. Noun. (poetry) A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff. ¹

4. Noun. The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff. ¹

5. Noun. A staff or walking stick ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst. Often with ''in''. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To push, as with a staff. With ''off''. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To delay by force; to drive away. Often with ''off''. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To burst in pieces by striking against something. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To walk or move rapidly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stave

1. to drive or thrust away [v STAVED or STOVE, STAVING, STAVES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stave

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stave (current term)
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Literary usage of Stave

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1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"Early in the llth century two more black lines were added to the stave ; one above the yellow line, and the other between the yellow and red ones. ..."

2. The Story of Notation by Charles Francis Abdy Williams (1903)
"CHAPTER X. Various forms of stave—Leger lines—Early vocal scores—Origin of the ... of a single stave in mediaeval times and by Brahms—A stave of twenty-four ..."

3. A History of English Rhythms by Edwin Guest (1882)
"In such case, the stave, of course, possessed all necessary band, and the expedients we have mentioned were unnecessary; but nevertheless we sometimes find ..."

4. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, Charles Robert Cross, John Trowbridge, Samuel Kneeland, George Bliss (1855)
"The method by which the bilge or swell in the middle of the stave is produced is perhaps still more admirable, it being perfectly self-adjusting. ..."

5. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, Charles Robert Cross, John Trowbridge, Samuel Kneeland, George Bliss (1855)
"A narrow stave may be succeeded by a wide one, and this again by one extremely ... The method by which the bilge or swell in the middle of the stave is ..."

6. American Sewerage Practice by Harrison Prescott Eddy, Leonard. Metcalf (1914)
"WOOD-stave PIPE Wood-stave pipe is used in sewerage work mainly in ... 65 et seq., wood-stave pipe remained in good condition except where they were not ..."

7. The Dickens Dictionary: A Key to the Characters and Principal Incidents in by Gilbert Ashville Pierce (1900)
"(stave iv.) Fan. A little girl, Scrooge's sister (afterwards the mother of Fred, ... (stave iii.) Much they saw. and far they went, and many homes they ..."

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