- (plural staffs or staves) A long, straight, thick wooden rod or stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
- (music, plural staves) A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written; a stave.
- (plural staff or staffs) The employees of a business.
- The company employed 10 new members of staff this month.
- (uncountable) A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.W
- A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
- a constable's staff
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
- Methought this staff, mine office badge in court, / Was broke in twain.
- All his officers brake their staves; but at their return new staves were delivered unto them.
- A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
- (archaic) The rung of a ladder.
, E. Brown's Travels
- I ascend at one [ladder] of six hundred and thirty-nine staves.
- 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.
- (engineering) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
- (surgery) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
- (military) 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.
- French: bâton, canne
- German: Stab
- Italian: bastone, asta
- Portuguese: cajado
- Russian: по́сох
- Spanish: bastón, báculo
- French: portée
- German: Notenlinien
- Italian: pentagramma, rigo
- Portuguese: pauta
- Russian: но́тный стан
- Spanish: varas, pauta, pentagrama
- French: personnel
- German: Belegschaft, Personal, Stab, Mitarbeiter
- Italian: personale, organico
- Portuguese: pessoal, equipe
- Russian: персона́л
- Spanish: personal, equipo, empleado, plantilla, plantel
- German: Stab
staff (staffs, present participle staffing; past and past participle staffed)Noun
- Misspelling of staph