A stave is the crosspiece between the legs of a chair or a wooden slat forming the side of a barrel. In music, it's the five lines you write notes on.

Stave comes from the word staff, as in a walking stick. You're most likely to encounter the word stave if you're learning woodworking. If someone "staves in" a door, they've broken a hole in it. You also might hear the idiom "stave off," which means to hold off for a short time.

Definitions of stave

n one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket

Type of:
slat, spline
a thin strip (wood or metal)

n a crosspiece between the legs of a chair

round, rung
Type of:
a transverse brace

n (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written

Type of:
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians

v burst or force (a hole) into something

stave in
Type of:
break open, burst, split
come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

v furnish with staves

stave a ladder”
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

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