stave

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
  1. noun
    one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket
    synonyms: lag
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    type of:
    slat, spline
    a thin strip (wood or metal)
  2. noun
    a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
    synonyms: round, rung
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    type of:
    crosspiece
    a transverse brace
  3. noun
    (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
    synonyms: staff
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    type of:
    musical notation
    (music) notation used by musicians
  4. verb
    burst or force (a hole) into something
    synonyms: stave in
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    type of:
    break open, burst, split
    come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
  5. verb
    furnish with staves
    stave a ladder”
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    type of:
    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
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