Definition for STAVE

STAVE, v.t. [pret. stove or staved; pp. id.]

  1. To break a hole in; to break; to burst; primarily, to thrust through with a staff; as, to stave a cask. – Mar. Dict.
  2. To push, as with a staff; with off. The condition of a servant staves him off to a distance. – South.
  3. To delay; as, to stave off the execution of a project.
  4. To pour out; to suffer to be lost by breaking the cask. All the wine in the city has been staved. – Sandys.
  5. To furnish with staves or rundles. [Not in use.] – Knolles.

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