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Definition of "stave" []

  • A narrow strip of wood forming part of the sides of a barrel, tub, or similar structure. (noun)
  • A rung of a ladder or chair. (noun)
  • A staff or cudgel. (noun)
  • Music See staff1. (noun)
  • A set of verses; a stanza. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stave" in a sentence
  • "Their poems were graven upon small staves or rods, one line upon each face of the rod; and the Old English word "stave," as applied to a stanza, is probably a relic of the practice, which, in the early ages, prevailed in the West."
  • "They've got to get a proposal together with, like, sheet music and all, and with the music constructed in GarageBand by yours truly, who barely knows a stave from a semi-quaver, getting that together is ... a challenge, as they say."
  • "If you're buying a stave from a dealer, you'll save on drying time (4-6 weeks if cutting your own)."