stave: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (stāv), [key]
— n., v., staved stove, stav•ing.
- one of the thin, narrow, shaped pieces of wood that form the sides of a cask, tub, or similar vessel.
- a stick, rod, pole, or the like.
- a rung of a ladder, chair, etc.
- a verse or stanza of a poem or song.
- the alliterating sound in a line of verse, as the w-sound in wind in the willows.
- staff (def. 9).
- to break in a stave or staves of (a cask or barrel) so as to release the wine, liquor, or other contents.
- to release (wine, liquor, etc.) by breaking the cask or barrel.
- to break or crush (something) inward (often fol. by in).
- to break (a hole) in, esp. in the hull of a boat.
- to break to pieces; splinter; smash.
- to furnish with a stave or staves.
- to beat with a stave or staff.
- to become staved in, as a boat; break in or up.
- to move along rapidly.
- He wasn't able to stave off bankruptcy.
- to put, ward, or keep off, as by force or evasion.
- to prevent in time; forestall:He wasn't able to stave off bankruptcy.
- stave (Thesaurus)