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stave (n.)

"piece of a barrel," 1750, back-formation from staves (late 14c.), plural of staff, with the usual change of medial -f- to -v- (compare leaves/leaf). The plural form possibly was in Old English but not recorded there.

stave (v.)

1540s, "to fit with staves," from stave (n.). The meaning "break into staves" is from 1590s (with in from 1748, chiefly nautical, on notion of bashing in the staves of a cask). Past tense stove. Stave off (1620s), however, is literally "keep off with a staff," as of one beset by wolves or dogs. Related: Staved; staving.

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Definitions of stave
1
stave (n.)
(music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written;
Synonyms: staff
stave (n.)
one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket;
Synonyms: lag
stave (n.)
a crosspiece between the legs of a chair;
Synonyms: rung / round
2
stave (v.)
furnish with staves;
stave a ladder
stave (v.)
burst or force (a hole) into something;
Synonyms: stave in
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