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stave

stave

 
pronunciation:
steIv
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
stave off
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a narrow, usu. curved wooden strip used to make barrels, casks, or the like.
definition 2: a rod or pole.
definition 3: in music, a staff.
similar words:
staff
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: staved, staves, staving, stove
definition 1: to break by smashing or crushing and pushing in (often fol. by in).
She staved in his ribcage.
definition 2: to smash and push in the staves of (a barrel, cask, or the like).
definition 3: to provide with staves.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be or come to be smashed or crushed and pushed in.
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phrase: stave off