1. (n.) A long piece of wood; a stick; the long handle of an instrument or weapon; a pole or stick, used for many purposes; as, a surveyor's staff; the staff of a spear or pike.

2. (n.) A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a person walking; hence, a support; that which props or upholds.

3. (n.) A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office; as, a constable's staff.

4. (n.) A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.

5. (n.) The round of a ladder.

6. (n.) A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.

7. (n.) The five lines and the spaces on which music is written; -- formerly called stave.

8. (n.) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.

9. (n.) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.

10. (n.) 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. See Etat Major.

11. (n.) Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendent or manager; as, the staff of a newspaper.

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