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.
- A narrow strip of wood forming part of the sides of a barrel, tub, or similar structure.
- A rung of a ladder or chair.
- A staff or cudgel.
- Music See staff1.
- A set of verses; a stanza.
- To break in or puncture the staves of.
- To break or smash a hole in.
- To crush or smash inward.
- To furnish with staves.
- To be or become crushed in.
- stave off To keep or hold off; repel: "For 12 years, we've sought to stave off this ultimate threat of disaster” ( New York Times).