stave

9 ENTRIES FOUND:

1stave

noun \ˈstāv\

: one of the narrow strips of wood that form the sides of a barrel

: a long wooden stick

Full Definition of STAVE

1
:  1staff 1
2
:  any of the narrow strips of wood or narrow iron plates placed edge to edge to form the sides, covering, or lining of a vessel (as a barrel) or structure
3
:  stanza
4
:  1staff 3

Origin of STAVE

Middle English, back-formation from staves, plural of staf staff
First Known Use: 13th century

2stave

verb
staved or stove \ˈstōv\ stav·ing

Definition of STAVE

transitive verb
1
:  to break in the staves of (a cask)
2
:  to smash a hole in <stove in the boat>; also :  to crush or break inward <staved in several ribs>
3
:  to drive or thrust away
intransitive verb
1
archaic :  to become stove in —used of a boat or ship
2
:  to walk or move rapidly

First Known Use of STAVE

circa 1595

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