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  • present participle of staff (verb)

definitions - Staffing

staff (n.)

1.a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose"he walked with the help of a wooden staff"

2.a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority

3.a group of persons chosen to govern the affairs of a corporation or other large institution

4.(music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written

5.a rod carried as a symbol

6.the body of teachers and administrators at a school"the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"

7.personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task"the hospital has an excellent nursing staff" "the general relied on his staff to make routine decisions"

8.building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration

9.(army)military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy

staff (v. trans.)

1.provide with staff"This position is not always staffed"

2.serve on the staff of"The two men staff the reception desk"

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Merriam Webster

StaffStaff (stȧf), n.; pl. Staves (stāvz or stävz; 277) or Staffs (stȧfs) in senses 1-9, Staffs in senses 10, 11. [AS. stæf a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth. stabs element, rudiment, Skr. sthāpay 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 stick, used for many purposes; as, a surveyor's staff; the staff of a spear or pike.

And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar to bear it withal. Ex. xxxviii. 7.

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. “Hooked staves.” Piers Plowman.

The boy was the very staff of my age. Shak.

He spoke of it [beer] in “The Earnest Cry,” and likewise in the “Scotch Drink,” as one of the staffs of life which had been struck from the poor man's hand. Prof. Wilson.

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.

All his officers brake their staves; but at their return new staves were delivered unto them. Hayward.

4. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.

5. The round of a ladder. [R.]

I ascended at one [ladder] of six hundred and thirty-nine staves. Dr. J. Campbell (E. Brown's Travels).

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 État Major.

11. Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendent or manager; sometimes used for the entire group of employees of an enterprise, excluding the top management; 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. “Bread is the staff of life.” 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 up one's staff, To put up one's staff, To set down one's staff or To put down one's staff, to take up one's residence; to lodge. [Obs.]

StaffStaff (stȧf), n. [G. staffiren to fill or fit out, adorn, fr. D. stoffeeren, OF. estoffer, F. étoffer, fr. OF. estoffe stuff, F. étoffe. See Stuff, n.] (Arch.) Plaster combined with fibrous and other materials so as to be suitable for sculpture in relief or in the round, or for forming flat plates or boards of considerable size which can be nailed to framework to make the exterior of a larger structure, forming joints which may afterward be repaired and concealed with fresh plaster.

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analogical dictionary


staff (n.)






do work, work - body - force, personnel[Hyper.]


staff - staff[Dérivé]



faculty, staff - personnel[Dérivé]

staff (v. tr.)




Staffing may refer to:




Staff may refer to:



  • Staff of office, a stick which indicates a position
  • Staff (railway signalling), a token authorizing a locomotive driver to use a particular stretch of single track
  • Level staff, also called levelling rod, a graduated rod for comparing heights
  • Fire staff, a staff of wood or metal and Kevlar, used for fire dancing and performance
  • The weapon used in stick fighting
    • Quarterstaff, a long pole used as a medieval weapon
    • , a long stick used as a weapon, usually in Japanese martial arts
    • Gun (staff), a weapon in Chinese martial arts
  • Walking stick, a device to facilitate balancing while walking
  • Sceptre or scepter, a symbolic ornamental rod borne in the hand by a ruling monarch
  • Wand, a thin, straight, hand-held ceremonial stick
  • Shepherd's crook
  • A divining rod used in rhabdomancy


  • Barbara Staff (born 1924), American political activist
  • David Staff (born 1979), English footballer for Boston United and Rugby Town
  • Hanne Staff (born 1972), Norwegian orienteering athlete
  • Jamie Staff MBE (born 1973), English BMX and track racing cyclist and coach
  • Kathy Staff (1928–2008), English actress who portrayed Nora Batty in Last of the Summer Wine
  • Leopold Staff (1878–1957), Polish poet
  • Ole Johannesen Staff (born 1789), Norwegian politician
  • Ray Staff, mastering engineer for Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Clash and Black Sabbath
  • Staff Barootes (1918–2000), Canadian physician, urologist, and parliamentarian
  • Staff Jones (born 1959), rugby union prop forward for Wales and Pontypool

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