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English Dictionary: staffs by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Staff \Staff\, n.; pl. {Staves} ([?] [or] [?]; 277) or
      {Staffs}in senses 1-9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS.
      st[91]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries stef, G. stab,
      Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth. stabs element,
      rudiment, Skr. sth[be]pay to cause to stand, to place. See
      {Stand}, and cf. {Stab}, {Stave}, n.]
      1. 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
                     And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of
                     the altar to bear it withal.               --Ex. xxxviii.
                     With forks and staves the felon to pursue. --Dryden.
      2. A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a
            person walking; hence, a support; that which props or
            upholds. [bd]Hooked staves.[b8] --Piers Plowman.
                     The boy was the very staff of my age. --Shak.
                     He spoke of it [beer] in [bd]The Earnest Cry,[b8]
                     and likewise in the [bd]Scotch Drink,[b8] as one of
                     the staffs of life which had been struck from the
                     poor man's hand.                                 --Prof.
      3. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a
            badge of office; as, a constable's staff.
                     Methought this staff, mine office badge in court,
                     Was broke in twain.                           --Shak.
                     All his officers brake their staves; but at their
                     return new staves were delivered unto them.
      4. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
      5. The round of a ladder. [R.]
                     I ascend at one [ladder] of six hundred and
                     thirty-nine staves.                           --Dr. J.
                                                                              Campbell (E.
      6. 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. --Dryden.
      7. (Mus.) The five lines and the spaces on which music is
            written; -- formerly called stave.
      8. (Mech.) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
      9. (Surg.) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife,
            used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
      10. [From {Staff}, 3, a badge of office.] (Mil.) 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 {[90]tat Major}.
      11. Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect
            the plans of a superintendant or manager; as, the staff
            of a newspaper.
      {Jacob's staff} (Surv.), a single straight rod or staff,
            pointed and iron-shod at the bottom, for penetrating the
            ground, and having a socket joint at the top, used,
            instead of a tripod, for supporting a compass.
      {Staff angle} (Arch.), a square rod of wood standing flush
            with the wall on each of its sides, at the external angles
            of plastering, to prevent their being damaged.
      {The staff of life}, bread. [bd]Bread is the staff of
            life.[b8] --Swift.
      {Staff tree} (Bot.), any plant of the genus {Celastrus},
            mostly climbing shrubs of the northern hemisphere. The
            American species ({C. scandens}) is commonly called
            {bittersweet}. See 2d {Bittersweet}, 3
            (b) .
      {To set}, [or] {To put}, {up, [or] down}, {one's staff}, to
            take up one's residence; to lodge. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flagstaff \Flag"staff`\, n.; pl. {-staves}or {-staffs}.
      A staff on which a flag is hoisted.
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