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stave

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noun \ˈstāv\

Simple Definition of stave

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

  • : a long wooden stick

Full Definition of stave

  1. 1 :  1staff 1

  2. 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. 3 :  stanza

  4. 4 :  1staff 3

Origin of stave

Middle English, back-formation from staves, plural of staf staff


First Known Use: 13th century


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stave

verb

Definition of stave

staved or stove play \ˈstōv\ stav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to break in the staves of (a cask)

  3. 2 :  to smash a hole in <stove in the boat>; also :  to crush or break inward <staved in several ribs>

  4. 3 :  to drive or thrust away

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 archaic :  to become stove in —used of a boat or ship

  7. 2 :  to walk or move rapidly



Circa 1595

First Known Use of stave

circa 1595



STAVE Defined for Kids

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stave

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noun \ˈstāv\

Definition of stave

  1. 1 :  one of the narrow strips of wood or iron plates that form the sides, covering, or lining of something (as a barrel)

  2. 2 :  a wooden stick :  staff




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stave

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verb

Definition of stave

staved or stove \ˈstōv\stav·ing

  1. 1 :  to break in the staves of <stave a barrel>

  2. 2 :  to smash a hole in <Waves staved the boat's hull.>

stave off
  1. :  to keep away :  ward off <A snack will stave off hunger.>





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