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Staff meaning

staff - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. serve on the staff of; " The two men staff the reception desk"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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 pike.
  4. 4. A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a person walking; hence, a support; that which props or upholds.
  5. 5. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office; as, a constable's staff.
  6. 6. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  7. 7. The round of a ladder.
  8. 8. A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
  9. 9. The five lines and the spaces on which music is written; -- formerly called stave.
  10. 10. An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  11. 11. The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  12. 12. 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 Etat Major.
  13. 13. Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendant or manager; as, the staff of a newspaper.
  14. 14. A stick carried for support or as a weapon; pole; five lines and spaces on which music is written.

staff - examples of usage

  1. Then he took it down again and spoke to a young officer of his staff, who smiled and began to walk toward them. - "The Crisis, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  2. He had supposed that his errand had been completely done to the sharp- eyed staff officer, but now they threatened to bring him before the general, whom he considered the most tremendous man on the earth. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
  3. You had better go and speak to one of the staff." - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
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