stave in

Definition of stave in

  1. :  to be broken or crushed inward or to break or crush (something) inward The hull of the boat stove in when it hit the rocks. The rocks stove in the hull of the boat.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  staff

    :  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 (such as a barrel) or structure

    :  stanza

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

    :  to smash a hole in

    :  to crush or break inward

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