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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

Stave

Wedge-shaped timber.

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.

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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Leeds, who have debts of more than pounds 80million,currently have until Monday to find a buyer to stave off administration.
According to author Peter Asmus, "wind power will need to play a major role if we are to stave off catastrophic global climate change.
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The government of Quebec, clearly in agreement with Proulx, decided to move ahead with most of his recommendations, but to do so incrementally, in order to stave off strong opposition.
attempts to stave off World War II and save his own foreshortened life.
In February, hoping to stave off the inevitable, the Malaysian Oil Palm Growers' Council launched a $10 million counterattack, starting with $200,000 worth of full-page ads in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
A self-obsessed, age-withered alchemist, steeped in the black arts, will stop at nothing to stave off death.
Cranberry juice, often used to stave off urinary-tract infections caused by Escherichia coli, also keeps the bacteria from reducing a biosensor's specificity, scientists report.
The authors point out that lower extremity injury is often multifaceted and therefore runners must consider strength improvements in all muscle groups to not only stave off injury but to rehabilitate after it.
Coming at such an early date, the renewal is seen by many as an at tempt on the part of the Visiting Nurse Service to stave off higher rents for a few more years.