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stave

1. a stanza or verse of a poem
2. Music
a. Brit an individual group of five lines and four spaces used in staff notation
b. another word for staff
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Stave

Wedge-shaped timber.
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stave

[stāv]
(design engineering)
A rung of a ladder.
Any of the narrow wooden strips or metal plates placed edge to edge to form the sides, top, or lining of a vessel or structure, such as a barrel.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stave

1. One of a number of narrow boards used to build up a curved surface.
2. A rung of a ladder.
3. In formwork for an excavation, one of many vertical members which form a curved surface (in plan).
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And did not a conservative Felipe Calderon manage to stave off the populist Lopez Obrador in Mexico's recent six-yearly presidential election?
Pius V hoped to stave off the next inevitable attack before it happened and managed to bring together the fleets of Spain and of the republics of Venice and Genoa, as well as the papal fleet, to stop the Turkish fleet from leaving its own waters.
Through the intervening days, she is drawn into the village, into working with the son of Lord Temsland in encouraging the peasants and craftsmen to clean the mill and build a road as a way to stave off disease.
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While it keeps everything within it safe, secure and protected From the outside elements, it also manages to stave off potential positive influences and ideas, at least if we're talking about the box that most of us have in our minds, the one that limits our imagination.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mercury, he warned that the Blues were now so close to their overdraft limit that they would need a pounds 2 million cash injection just to stave off the banks.
Southwest Airlines managed to stave off rising unit costs and a 79.6% jump in fuel expenses to record a first-quarter profit of $61 million, up 3.4% over the $59 million earned in the three months ended March 31, 2005.
So why was just pounds 125,000 spent on strengthening the squad in January to stave off relegation?
"But most of the land was swamp when we started, full of decaying matter, which emits tons of methane gas," Marie said, as she massaged her temples with her one free hand in an obvious effort to stave off a tension headache.
22 to 26, Haaxma and her team presented data suggesting that estrogens may control dopamine concentrations and stave off the onset of Parkinson's disease.
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