1a vertical wooden post or plank in a building or other structure. any of the lengths of wood fixed side by side to make a barrel, bucket, or other container. a strong wooden stick or iron pole used as a weapon.
2 (also staff) Music
, British a set of five parallel lines on any one or between any adjacent two of which a note is written to indicate its pitch.
3a verse or stanza of a poem. 1 (past and past participle staved or stove /stəʊv/)
(stave something in
) break something by forcing it inwards or piercing it roughly:the door was staved in
2 (past and past participle staved)
(stave something off
) avert or delay something bad or dangerous:a reassuring presence can stave off a panic attack