stave

Definitions

  • The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
    The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stave burst or force (a hole) into something
    • v stave furnish with staves "stave a ladder"
    • n stave a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
    • n stave one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket
    • n stave (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Kiln Car designed for handling Short Tub or Pail Staves Kiln Car designed for handling Short Tub or Pail Staves
A Stave Bolt Truck A Stave Bolt Truck
A Regular Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks A Regular Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks
A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks
Everyone going back home, the knave dragging his stave Everyone going back home, the knave dragging his stave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stave A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff. "Let us chant a passing stave In honor of that hero brave."
    • Stave 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.
    • Stave One of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel; one of the bars or rounds of a rack, a ladder, etc.
    • Stave (Mus) The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or printed; the staff{7}.
    • Stave To break in a stave or the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst; -- often with in; as, to stave a cask; to stave in a boat.
    • v. i Stave To burst in pieces by striking against something; to dash into fragments. "Like a vessel of glass she stove and sank."
    • Stave To delay by force or craft; to drive away; -- usually with off; as, to stave off the execution of a project. "And answered with such craft as women use,
      Guilty or guiltless, to stave off a chance
      That breaks upon them perilously."
    • Stave To furnish with staves or rundles.
    • Stave To push, as with a staff; -- with off. "The condition of a servant staves him off to a distance."
    • Stave To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron; as, to stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run.
    • Stave To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask. "All the wine in the city has been staved ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stave A pole or piece of wood of some length; a Staff. Specifically— In cooperage, one of the thin, narrow pieces of wood, grooved for the bottom, the head, etc., which compose a barrel, cask, tub, or the like.
    • n stave A stanza; a verse; a metrical division.
    • n stave Specifically, same as staff, 9.
    • stave To break in a stave or staves of; knock a hole in; break; burst: as, the boat is stove.
    • stave To cause or suffer to be lost by breaking the cask; hence, to spill; pour out.
    • stave To furnish with staves or rundles.
    • stave To make firm by compression; shorten or compact, as a heated rod or bar by endwise blows, or as lead in the socket-joints of pipes.
    • stave To go or rush along recklessly or regardless of everything, as one in a rage; work energetically; drive.
    • n stave The porter-bar used to start and hold massive forgings which are undergoing treatment in a furnace or under a hammer or press. The part to be made is welded to the stave or porter-bar, and when completed the latter is cut off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stave stāv one of the pieces of which a cask is made: a staff or part of a piece of music: a stanza
    • v.t Stave to break a stave or the staves of: to break: to burst: to drive off, as with a staff: to delay:—pa.t. and pa.p. stāved or stōve
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Staff, and corresponding to the pl. staves,. See Staff

Usage

In literature:

Finally he was pronounced dead, and a few minutes later Detective Richardson climbed on a pile of staves and cut the rope.
"The Red Record" by Ida B. Wells-Barnett
The staved rim of the Spanish Arabic Turkomanic shoe is observed to be undergoing a change to that of a groove.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
She rip and stave and tear!
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
The shuttle is pushed one way and then the other through its race or trough by picker staves.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
They want to stave off our question until after the presidential campaign.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Having no sawed lumber or shingles, will have to cut basswood staves and scoops.
"The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825" by Gordon Sellar
Let a ship set sail from Portland, Maine, with a cargo of staves registered at the port of departure as worth $5,000.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
This operation discovered, that three feet of the third strake, under the wale, were staved and the timbers within started.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
A number of old pipe-staves and iron hoops are also shipped from Nueva Espana to the said Filipinas Islands.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620" by Various
She keeps about, but she goes with two staves.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
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In poetry:

He cannot dance, you say, nor sing,
Nor troll a lilting stave;
And when the rest are cracking jokes
He's silent as the grave.
"Poor Joe" by Sarah Anne Curzon
“‘T is done,” they cried, “by yonder wight,
Who rides upon the waves;
Let’s wade out to him, through the surf,
And beat him with our staves.”
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Why, throstle, do you sing
In this November haze?
Singing for what? for whom?
Deem you that it is Spring,
Or that your lonely lays
Will stave off Winter's gloom?
"A November Note" by Alfred Austin
With clubs and staves they seek me, as a thief,
Who am the way of truth, the true relief,
Most true to those who are my greatest grief:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
Let poor Louise some succour have!
She will not long your bounty crave,
Or tire the gay with warning stave—
For Heaven has grace, and earth a grave,
Poor poor Louise.
"The Lay of Poor Louise" by Sir Walter Scott
The forms of which the poets told,
The fair benignities of old,
Were doubtless such as you;
What more than Artichoke the rill
Of Helicon? Than Pipe-stave hill
Arcadia's mountain-view?
"To -----" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Crooked Stave of Denver stands out as a craft beer experimenter.
Voters Approve Ballot Measure to Stave Off 'Trigger Cuts' at State Colleges.
ATHENS, Greece—Greece's coalition government is facing two crucial votes this week in its effort to secure a portion of a bailout loan by creditors that will stave off threatened bankruptcy.
Greece's coalition government is facing two crucial votes this week in its effort to secure a portion of a bailout loan by creditors that will stave off threatened bankruptcy.
Detroit Tries To Stave Off State Takeover Of Finances.
The new therapy, ACT, is designed to stave off resistance.
Giants hope to stave off elimination in St Louis.
Vipers Hot Start Enough To Stave Off 66ers.
President Obama faces many challenges in his life -- fixing the economy, helping to solve the crisis in Syria, staving off.
Detroit Tries To Stave Off State Takeover Of Finances .
Exercise may stave off early Alzheimer's.
Stave Caporizzo's Pet Connection.
Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema confirmed Monday afternoon that freshman quarterback Joel Stave will most likely miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone.
IPhone 4 Fails to Stave Off Android Invasion.
Marijuana may help stave off Alzheimer's.
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In science:

Column density distributions of cool and cold gas from these models strongly resemble observations of H i, for example by Kim, Stavely-Smith & Bessell (1999).
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
One eighth of the barrel calorimeter is called a stave.
Next Generation CALICE Electromagnetic Calorimeter
At the back of a stave, between the ECAL and the HCAL, some space is left which is used to house different services like cooling or electrical power and signal distribution.
Next Generation CALICE Electromagnetic Calorimeter
Along the beam axis, a stave is subdivided into five modules.
Next Generation CALICE Electromagnetic Calorimeter
The ECAL will be fastened to the HCAL stave by stave, through accurate rail systems.
Next Generation CALICE Electromagnetic Calorimeter
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