• the Staff of a Government Officer in The Time Of The Memphite Dynasties
    the Staff of a Government Officer in The Time Of The Memphite Dynasties
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v staff provide with staff "This position is not always staffed"
    • v staff serve on the staff of "The two men staff the reception desk"
    • n staff a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
    • n staff (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
    • n staff a rod carried as a symbol
    • n staff the body of teachers and administrators at a school "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
    • n staff personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task "the hospital has an excellent nursing staff","the general relied on his staff to make routine decisions"
    • n staff building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been suggested that shepherds are responsible for inventing the game golf. It is said that they used to use their staffs to hit the stones
    • Staff A long piece of wood; a stick; the long handle of an instrument or weapon; a pole or stick, used for many purposes; as, a surveyor's staff; the staff of a spear or pike. "And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar to bear it withal.""With forks and staves the felon to pursue."
    • Staff A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
    • Staff A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office; as, a constable's staff . "Methought this staff , mine office badge in court,
      Was broke in twain."
      "All his officers brake their staves ; but at their return new staves were delivered unto them."
    • Staff A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave. "Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical."
    • Staff A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a person walking; hence, a support; that which props or upholds. "Hooked staves .""The boy was the very staff of my age.""He spoke of it [beer] in “The Earnest Cry,” and likewise in the “Scotch Drink,” as one of the staffs of life which had been struck from the poor man's hand."
    • Staff (Mech) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
    • Staff (Mil) An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution. See État Major.
    • Staff Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendent or manager; sometimes used for the entire group of employees of an enterprise, excluding the top management; as, the staff of a newspaper.
    • n Staff stȧf (Arch) Plaster combined with fibrous and other materials so as to be suitable for sculpture in relief or in the round, or for forming flat plates or boards of considerable size which can be nailed to framework to make the exterior of a larger structure, forming joints which may afterward be repaired and concealed with fresh plaster.
    • Staff (Mus) The five lines and the spaces on which music is written; -- formerly called stave.
    • Staff (Surg) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
    • Staff The round of a ladder. "I ascended at one [ladder] of six hundred and thirty-nine staves ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Britain's present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The name was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations. The name Windsor was suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of the cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.
    • n staff A stick or pole. Specifically— A stick used as a walking-stick, especially one five or six feet long used as a support in walking or climbing.
    • n staff A stick used as a weapon, as that used at quarter-staff; a club; a cudgel.
    • n staff A stick used as an ensign of authority; a baton or scepter. Compare baton, club, mace.
    • n staff A post fixed in the ground; a stake.
    • n staff A pole on which to hoist and display a flag: as, a flagstaff; an ensign-staff; a jack-staff.
    • n staff The pole of a vehicle; a carriage-pole.
    • n staff The long handle of certain weapons, as a spear, a halberd, or a poleax.
    • n staff A straight-edge for testing or truing a line or surface: as, the proof-staff used in testing the face of the stone in a grind-mill.
    • n staff In surveying, a graduated stick, used in leveling. See cross-staff, Jacob's-staff, and cut under leveling-staff.
    • n staff One of several instruments formerly used in taking the sun's altitude at sea: as, the fore-staff. back-staff, cross-staff. See these words.
    • n staff In ship-building, a measuring and spacing rule.
    • n staff The stilt of a plow.
    • n staff In surgery, a grooved steel instrument having a curvature, used to guide the knife or gorget through the urethra into the bladder in the operation of lithotomy.
    • n staff In architecture, same as rudenture.
    • n staff Something which upholds or supports; a support; a prop.
    • n staff A round of a ladder.
    • n staff A body of assistants or executive officers. Milit., a body of officers who are not in command of troops, but who act as the assistants of an officer in high command, sometimes including that officer himself. Thus, the regimental staff consists of the colonel, lieutenantcolonel, major, and adjutant, or the officers corresponding to these ranks; the brigade staff and division staff are composed of aides-de-camp, commissaries, quartermasters, and the like; and the staff of a general commanding an army-corps, or an army composed of several army-corps, includes these last-named officers and also a chief of staff, a chief of artillery, a chief engineer, and the like. The general staff is a body of officers forming the central office of the army of a nation, and it acts, in a sense, as the personal staff of the commander-in-chief, or of the king or other chief ruler. In the United States navy, staff-officers are the non-combatants, comprising the medical corps, the pay-corps, the steam engineering corps, and chaplains, of those who go to sea, as well as civil engineers, naval constructors, and professors of mathematics.
    • n staff A letter of the alphabet. See etymology of book.
    • n staff A line; a verse; also, a stanza.
    • n staff In musical notation, a set of five horizontal lines on which notes are placed so as to indicate the pitch of intended tones. Both the lines and the spaces between them are significant, and are called degrees: they are numbered from below upward. When the nine degrees of the staff are not sufficient for the notation of a melody or chord, it is extended by means of added or leger lines above or below. In general, the successive degrees of the staff are understood to correspond to the successive degrees of the scale or to the successive white keys of the keyboard, irrespective of the fact that the intervals thus indicated are not equal to each other. An absolute pitch for the staff-degrees is indicated by a clef placed at the beginning. (See clef.) Gregorian music is customarily written on a staff of four lines, and the only clef used is the C clef. The staff with its appropriate notation is a development from the early medieval neumes, which were originally dots, dashes, or compound marks, whose relative position or shape indicated the relative pitch of successive tones. To make this notation more precise a horizontal line was drawn across the page to mark the pitch of some given tone, as C or F and the neumes were arranged above or below this line. Later, a second line was added, and then others, only the lines being at flrst regarded as signiflcant. What was called the great or grand staff was such a staff of eleven lines. In harmonic or concerted music, two or more staffs are used together, and are connected by a brace. See brace, 5, and score, 9. Also stave, especially in Great Britain.
    • n staff In heraldry, same as fissure,5.
    • n staff Plaster of Paris mixed, in water, with some cement, glycerin, and dextrine: used as a building material. It was first employed at the Paris Exposition of 1878, and was extensively used in the construction of the buildings of the Chicago Exposition in 1893.
    • n staff In building, plastering in portable sheets or slabs, prepared for nailing on a frame. It is made by mixing the mortar with a durable fibrous material, as shavings, hemp, and the like. First employed at the Paris Exposition of 1878.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Lobster shift" is a colloquial term for the night shift of a newspaper staff.
    • n Staff staf a stick carried for support or defence: a prop: a long piece of wood: pole: a flagstaff: the long handle of an instrument: a stick or ensign of authority: the five lines and spaces on which music is written: a stanza (the previous meanings have pl. Staffs or Staves, stāvz): a body of skilled officers whose duty it is, under orders from the commanding officers of various grades, to arrange the movements and supply of the various bodies which go to make up an army: a similar body of persons in any undertaking, acting under a manager or chief (the last two meanings have pl. Staffs, stafs)
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  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff.”
  • Chris Brasher
    Chris Brasher
    “Reliable office staff come in the shape of mature married women working from 9.30 to 3.30 (inside school hours) during which they will do more than the 9-5ers.”
  • Bible
    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. [Psalm 23:4]”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The mantram becomes one's staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God.”
  • George Herbert
    “A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stæf, a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth. stabs, element, rudiment, Skr. sthāpay, to cause to stand, to place. See Stand, and cf. Stab Stave (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stæf; Ice. stafr, Ger. stab.


In literature:

Blind Tobit leaning on a Staff, followed by his Dog.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
He resumed his seat on the stool and folded his hands over a short staff.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
I was at once invited to mess with the General's staff, and in the course of an hour felt perfectly at home.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Wickham would have disapproved, and the chief of staff knew it.
"Tonio, Son of the Sierras" by Charles King
He was late Chief of Artillery upon Rousseau's staff.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
Without the slightest military training, by study and zeal, he soon made himself an accomplished staff officer.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
The Staff only were present, and Lemon was in the chair, and I sat beside Leech.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
The original staff went on doing the work at Castle Affey.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
He was further directed to give this out to the newspapers, and not let his own men or even his staff know the contrary.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
The brigade was formed in the square, the general and his staff in the centre.
"A Soldier's Life" by Edwin G. Rundle

In poetry:

His staff's at the wa',
Toom, toom is his chair!
His bannet an' a'!
An' I maun be here!
"Fareweel, O Fareweel" by Carolina Oliphant
He went away to search it
With a curse upon his tongue:
And in his hand the staff of life,
Made music as it swung.
"Sandy Star And Willie Gee" by William Stanley Braithwaite
Yea, though I walk the vale of death,
What evil shall I fear?
Thy staff and rod are mine, O God,
And Thou, my Shepherd, near!
"The Twenty-Third Psalm" by Eugene Field
I would not choose to live to be left alone,
The children gone away,
And the true love that I have leant upon
No more my staff and stay.
"A Song Of Going" by Katharine Tynan
O of mine age the only staffe and stay,
My derling, O my derling, faine would I
That I for thee a thowsand times might dye:
But God will haue it otherwise as now.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
His bright head be your care,
O tender Saints and fair!
Be you his mantle in the dew and rain,
His shelter from the cold,
The staff within his hold,
And mine the grieving be, the cold, the pain.
"To The Comely Four Of Aran" by Anna Johnston MacManus

In news:

Benny Evangelista, Chronicle Staff Writer.
This month, we will discuss how companies are often out of alignment with their customers and suggest some steps to help front-line staff become more aligned with the customer priorities that impact loyalty.
Scott McIntyre/Staff at Fleischmann Park on Thursday afternoon.
From Chronicle Staff Writer Kelly Jasper's July 16 article "A new place for prayer": "Muslims fast from sunup to sundown during Ramadan, an exercise that teaches reliance on God and empathy for those who must go without food.
Article October 31, 2012 By Staff Writer.
See photos taken by TODAY'S TMJ4 staff and viewers.
Times staff writer Ben Fritz contributed to this report.
Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, June 1, 2009.
Several staff members have since left or changed jobs.
Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, June 5, 2005.
Carolyne Zinko, Chronicle Staff Writer.
Jane Ganahl, Chronicle Staff Writer.
On August 19, 2012, in Latest News, by The News Staff.
Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, October 16, 2010.
Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov 29, 2007 at 10:30 am with 14 Comments.

In science:

KAP thanks the many and varied discussions with the staff at the University of Durham, plus the rest of the LARCS team.
At the Vigintennial of the Butcher-Oemler Effect
We also wish to thank the technical staff of LPSC and in particular : Y.
Experimental study of a liquid Xenon PET prototype module
We warmly thank the CFHT staff for their efficient help during the observations.
The magnetic field of the pre-main sequence Herbig Ae star HD 190073
We gratefully acknowledge the support by the staff of NRAO.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
We are grateful to the organizers and the staff for very stimulating and pleasant working conditions.
Eigenvalue distribution for non-self-adjoint operators on compact manifolds with small multiplicative random perturbations