(1) A strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
"He walked with the help of a wooden staff"
(2) (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
(3) A rod carried as a symbol
(4) The body of teachers and administrators at a school
"The dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
(5) Personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
"The hospital has an excellent nursing staff"
"The general relied on his staff to make routine decisions"
(6) Building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration
(7) Provide with staff
"This position is not always staffed"
(8) Serve on the staff of
"The two men staff the reception desk"
, from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish .
- (plural: staffs or staves) a long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
- (plural: staves) A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
- (plural: staff) The employees of a business. (e.g. The company employed 10 new staff this month.)
- A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering (see Staff (building material))