Definition of stave noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//steɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//steɪv//
    Reading music
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  1. 1a strong stick or pole fence staves
  2. 2 (also staff) (music) a set of five lines on which music is written See related entries: Reading music
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: back-formation from staves, archaic plural of staff. Current senses of the verb date from the early 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stave