Plaster combined with fibrous and other materials so as to be suitable for sculpture in relief or in the round, or for forming flat plates or boards of considerable size which can be nailed to framework to make the exterior of a larger structure, forming joints which may afterward be repaired and concealed with fresh plaster.
A long piece of wood; a stick; the long handle of an instrument or weapon; a pole or srick, used for many purposes; as, a surveyor's staff; the staff of a spear or pike.
A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a person walking; hence, a support; that which props or upholds.
A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office; as, a constable's staff.
A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
The round of a ladder.
A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
The five lines and the spaces on which music is written; -- formerly called stave.
An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
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. See Etat Major.
Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendant or manager; as, the staff of a newspaper.
My restaurants are never opened on Thanksgiving; I want my staff to spend time with their family if they can. My feeling is, if I can't figure out how to make money the rest of the year so that my workers can enjoy the holidays, then I don't deserve to be an owner. Michael Symon
staff in Afrikaans is staf
staff in Dutch is staf
staff in French is personnelle
staff in German is Personal, Stab, Stab, Stock, Belegschaft
staff in Italian is personale, redazione
staff in Spanish is redaccion, empleados
staff in Swedish is stav, personal, stab
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