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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Staff  \Staff\,  n.  [G.  staffiren  to  fill  or  fit  out  adorn,  fr 
  D.  stoffeeren  OF  estoffer  F.  ['e]toffer,  fr  OF  estoffe 
  stuff,  F.  ['e]toffe.  See  {Stuff},  n.]  (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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Staff  \Staff\,  n.;  pl  {Staves}  (?  or  ?;  277)  or  {Staffs}in 
  senses  1-9,  {Staffs}  in  senses  10,  11.  [AS.  st[ae]f  a  staff; 
  akin  to  LG  &  D.  staf,  OFries  stef,  G.  stab,  Icel.  stafr,  Sw 
  staf,  Dan.  stav,  Goth.  stabs  element,  rudiment,  Skr. 
  sth[=a]pay  to  cause  to  stand  to  place  See  {Stand},  and  cf 
  {Stab},  {Stave},  n.] 
  1.  A  long  piece  of  wood;  a  stick;  the  long  handle  of  an 
  instrument  or  weapon;  a  pole  or  srick,  used  for  many 
  purposes;  as  a  surveyor's  staff;  the  staff  of  a  spear  or 
  And  he  put  the  staves  into  the  rings  on  the  sides  of 
  the  altar  to  bear  it  withal.  --Ex.  xxxviii 
  With  forks  and  staves  the  felon  to  pursue.  --Dryden. 
  2.  A  stick  carried  in  the  hand  for  support  or  defense  by  a 
  person  walking;  hence  a  support;  that  which  props  or 
  upholds.  ``Hooked  staves.''  --Piers  Plowman. 
  The  boy  was  the  very  staff  of  my  age.  --Shak. 
  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.  --Prof. 
  3.  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.  --Shak. 
  All  his  officers  brake  their  staves;  but  at  their 
  return  new  staves  were  delivered  unto  them 
  4.  A  pole  upon  which  a  flag  is  supported  and  displayed. 
  5.  The  round  of  a  ladder.  [R.] 
  I  ascend  at  one  [ladder]  of  six  hundred  and 
  thirty-nine  staves.  --Dr.  J. 
  Campbell  (E. 
  6.  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.  --Dryden. 
  7.  (Mus.)  The  five  lines  and  the  spaces  on  which  music  is 
  written;  --  formerly  called  stave. 
  8.  (Mech.)  An  arbor,  as  of  a  wheel  or  a  pinion  of  a  watch. 
  9.  (Surg.)  The  grooved  director  for  the  gorget,  or  knife, 
  used  in  cutting  for  stone  in  the  bladder. 
  10.  [From  {Staff},  3,  a  badge  of  office.]  (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  {['E]tat  Major}. 
  11.  Hence:  A  body  of  assistants  serving  to  carry  into  effect 
  the  plans  of  a  superintendant  or  manager;  as  the  staff 
  of  a  newspaper. 
  {Jacob's  staff}  (Surv.),  a  single  straight  rod  or  staff, 
  pointed  and  iron-shod  at  the  bottom,  for  penetrating  the 
  ground,  and  having  a  socket  joint  at  the  top  used 
  instead  of  a  tripod,  for  supporting  a  compass. 
  {Staff  angle}  (Arch.),  a  square  rod  of  wood  standing  flush 
  with  the  wall  on  each  of  its  sides,  at  the  external  angles 
  of  plastering,  to  prevent  their  being  damaged. 
  {The  staff  of  life},  bread.  ``Bread  is  the  staff  of  life.'' 
  {Staff  tree}  (Bot.),  any  plant  of  the  genus  {Celastrus}, 
  mostly  climbing  shrubs  of  the  northern  hemisphere.  The 
  American  species  ({C.  scandens})  is  commonly  called 
  {bittersweet}.  See  2d  {Bittersweet},  3 
  b  . 
  {To  set},  or  {To  put},  {up,  or  down},  {one's  staff},  to  take 
  up  one's  residence;  to  lodge.  [Obs.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  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 
  2:  a  strong  rod  or  stick  with  a  specialized  utilitarian 
  purpose;  "he  walked  with  the  help  of  a  wooden  staff" 
  3:  the  body  of  teachers  and  administrators  at  a  school;  "the 
  dean  addressed  the  letter  to  the  entire  staff  of  the 
  university"  [syn:  {faculty}] 
  4:  a  rod  carried  as  a  symbol 
  5:  (music)  the  system  of  five  horizontal  lines  on  which  the 
  musical  notes  are  written  [syn:  {stave}] 
  v  :  provide  with  staff;  "This  position  is  not  always  staffed" 

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