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Definition of Stave


  1. 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. One of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel; one of the bars or rounds of a rack, a ladder, etc.
  3. A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
  4. The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff.
  5. 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.
  6. To push, as with a staff; -- with off.
  7. To delay by force or craft; to drive away; -- usually with off; as, to stave off the execution of a project.
  8. To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
  9. To furnish with staves or rundles.
  10. To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron; as, to stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run.
  11. To burst in pieces by striking against something; to dash into fragments.

Stave Translations

stave in German is derber Stock
stave in Spanish is doler
stave in Swedish is stav