For the noun: staff
Plural form: staves, staff

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
staff1 /stæf/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  staffs for 1-4. 8.; staves /steɪvz/USA pronunciation  or staffs for 5-7. 9, 10. in Unabridged dictionary;
adj., v..  

  1. a group of people, esp. workers, who carry out the work of an establishment, such as a group of assistants to a manager, superintendent, etc.: [countable]He has a fine staff working under him.[uncountable]I am complaining about one of your staff.
  2. [countable] a stick, pole, or rod for aid in walking or climbing, for use as a weapon, etc.
  3. [countable] a pole on which a flag is hung or displayed.
  4. something that supports or sustains:[countable;  usually singular]Bread is the staff of life.
  5. Music and Dance[countable] a set of usually five lines, with the corresponding four spaces between them, on which music is written.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of or relating or belonging to an organizational staff:staff officers.
  2. Businessworking on the staff of a corporation, institution, etc.:a staff writer.

v. [+ object]
  1. to provide with a staff of assistants or workers:The company is staffed with the finest engineers in this country.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
staff1  (staf, stäf ),USA pronunciation  n., pl.  staffs  for 1–5, 9; staves  (stāv)USA pronunciation or staffs  for 6–8, 10, 11;
adj., v. 

  1. Businessa group of persons, as employees, charged with carrying out the work of an establishment or executing some undertaking.
  2. Businessa group of assistants to a manager, superintendent, or executive.
  3. Businessa member of a staff.
  4. Military
    • a body of officers without command authority, appointed to assist a commanding officer.
    • the parts of any army concerned with administrative matters, planning, etc., rather than with actual participation in combat.
  5. Businessthose members of an organization serving only in an auxiliary or advisory capacity on a given project. Cf.  line 1 (def. 38).
  6. a stick, pole, or rod for aid in walking or climbing, for use as a weapon, etc.
  7. a rod or wand serving as a symbol of office or authority, as a crozier, baton, truncheon, or mace.
  8. a pole on which a flag is hung or displayed.
  9. something that supports or sustains.
  10. Music and DanceAlso,  stave. a set of horizontal lines, now five in number, with the corresponding four spaces between them, on which music is written.
  11. [Archaic.]the shaft of a spear, lance, etc.

  1. of or pertaining to a military or organizational staff:a staff officer; staff meetings.
  2. Business(of a professional person) employed on the staff of a corporation, publication, institution, or the like rather than being self-employed or practicing privately:a staff writer; staff physicians at the hospital.

  1. Businessto provide with a staff of assistants or workers:She staffed her office with excellent secretaries.
  2. Businessto serve on the staff of.
  3. to send to a staff for study or further work (often fol. by out):The White House will staff out the recommendations before making a decision.

  1. Businessto hire employees, as for a new office or project (sometimes fol. by up):Next month we'll begin staffing up for the reelection campaign.
staffless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English staf (noun, nominal), Old English stæf; cognate with Dutch staf, German Stab, Old Norse stafr staff, Sanskrit stabh- support
    See  collective noun. 

staff2 (staf, stäf ),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga composition of plaster and fibrous material used for a temporary finish and in ornamental work, as on exposition buildings.
  • German Stoff stuff
  • perh. 1890–95, American.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

staff /stɑːf/ n ( pl (for senses 1,3,4)staffs) ( pl (for senses 5-9)staffs, staves /steɪvz/)
  1. a group of people employed by a company, individual, etc, for executive, clerical, sales work, etc
  2. (modifier) attached to or provided for the staff of an establishment: a staff doctor
  3. the body of teachers or lecturers of an educational institution, as distinct from the students
  4. the officers appointed to assist a commander, service, or central headquarters organization in establishing policy, plans, etc
  5. a stick with some special use, such as a walking stick or an emblem of authority
  6. something that sustains or supports: bread is the staff of life
  7. a pole on which a flag is hung
  8. chiefly Brit a graduated rod used in surveying, esp for sighting to with a levelling instrument
    Usual US name: rod

  9. Also called: stave the system of horizontal lines grouped into sets of five (four in the case of plainsong) upon which music is written. The spaces between them are also used, being employed in conjunction with a clef in order to give a graphic indication of pitch
  10. any set of five lines in this system together with its clef: the treble staff
  1. (transitive) to provide with a staff
Etymology: Old English stæf; related to Old Frisian stef, Old Saxon staf, German Stab, Old Norse stafr, Gothic Stafs; see stave
staff /stɑːf/ n
  1. US a mixture of plaster and hair used to cover the external surface of temporary structures and for decoration
Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin

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