"staves" in the noun sense
1. staff, stave
music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
2. stave, lag
one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket
3. rung, round, stave
a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
"staves" in the verb sense
furnish with staves
"stave a ladder"
2. stave, stave in
burst or force (a hole) into something
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