A musical staff



  • A long, straight, thick wooden rod or stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
  • A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written; a stave.
  • The employees of a business.
  • A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.W
  • A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
  • A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  • The rung of a ladder.
  • A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
  • An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  • The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  • An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution.
  • Misspelling of staph


  • To supply (a business, volunteer organization, etc.) with employees or staff members.


Similar words


  • From Middle English staf, from Old English stæf, from Proto-West Germanic *stab, from Proto-Germanic *stabaz. Cognate with Dutch staf, German Stab, Swedish stav.
  • Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander" and similar meanings, attested from 1702, is influenced from German Stab.

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