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An example use of stave in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… to stave off efforts to to subject these …”
meanings of stave
To suffer, or cause to be lost by breaking the cask.
To delay by force or craft; to drive away.
To walk or move rapidly.
To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst.
To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron.
To fit or furnish with staves or rundles.
To push, or keep off, as with a staff.
To burst in pieces by striking against something.
One of the bars or rounds of a rack, rungs of a ladder, etc; one of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel.
One of a number of narrow strips of wood, or narrow iron plates, placed edge to edge to form the sides, covering, or lining of a vessel or structure; especially, one of the strips which form the sides of a cask, a pail, etc.
A sign, symbol or sigil, including rune or rune-like characters, used in Icelandic magic.
The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff.