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 for Staff
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Staff \Staff\ (st[.a]f), n.; pl. Staves (st[=a]vz or
     st[aum]vz; 277) or Staffs (st[.a]fs) in senses 1-9,
     Staffs in senses 10, 11. [AS. staef a staff; akin to LG. &
     D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan.
     stav, Goth. stabs element, rudiment, Skr. sth[=a]pay to cause
     to stand, to place. See Stand, and cf. Stab, Stave, n.]
     1. 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
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              And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of
              the altar to bear it withal.          --Ex. xxxviii.
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              With forks and staves the felon to pursue. --Dryden.
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     2. A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a
        person walking; hence, a support; that which props or
        upholds. "Hooked staves." --Piers Plowman.
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              The boy was the very staff of my age. --Shak.
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              He spoke of it [beer] in "The Earnest Cry," and
              likewise in the "Scotch Drink," as one of the staffs
              of life which had been struck from the poor man's
              hand.                                 --Prof.
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     3. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a
        badge of office; as, a constable's staff.
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              Methought this staff, mine office badge in court,
              Was broke in twain.                   --Shak.
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              All his officers brake their staves; but at their
              return new staves were delivered unto them.
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     4. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
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     5. The round of a ladder. [R.]
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              I ascended at one [ladder] of six hundred and
              thirty-nine staves.                   --Dr. J.
                                                    Campbell (E.
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     6. A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded,
        the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
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              Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for
              an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical. --Dryden.
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     7. (Mus.) The five lines and the spaces on which music is
        written; -- formerly called stave.
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     8. (Mech.) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
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     9. (Surg.) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife,
        used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
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     10. [From Staff, 3, a badge of office.] (Mil.) 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 ['E]tat Major.
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     11. Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect
         the plans of a superintendent or manager; sometimes used
         for the entire group of employees of an enterprise,
         excluding the top management; as, the staff of a
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     Jacob's staff (Surv.), a single straight rod or staff,
        pointed and iron-shod at the bottom, for penetrating the
        ground, and having a socket joint at the top, used,
        instead of a tripod, for supporting a compass.
     Staff angle (Arch.), a square rod of wood standing flush
        with the wall on each of its sides, at the external angles
        of plastering, to prevent their being damaged.
     The staff of life, bread. "Bread is the staff of life."
     Staff tree (Bot.), any plant of the genus Celastrus,
        mostly climbing shrubs of the northern hemisphere. The
        American species ({Celastrus scandens) is commonly called
        bittersweet. See 2d Bittersweet, 3
         (b) .
     To set up one's staff, To put up one's staff, To set
     down one's staff or To put down one's staff, to take up
        one's residence; to lodge. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Staff \Staff\ (st[.a]f), n. [G. staffiren to fill or fit out,
     adorn, fr. D. stoffeeren, OF. estoffer, F. ['e]toffer, fr.
     OF. estoffe stuff, F. ['e]toffe. See Stuff, n.] (Arch.)
     Plaster combined with fibrous and other materials so as to be
     suitable for sculpture in relief or in the round, or for
     forming flat plates or boards of considerable size which can
     be nailed to framework to make the exterior of a larger
     structure, forming joints which may afterward be repaired and
     concealed with fresh plaster.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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
      2: a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose;
         "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
      3: the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the
         dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the
         university" [syn: staff, faculty]
      4: building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to
         cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an
         exposition) or for decoration
      5: a rod carried as a symbol
      6: (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the
         musical notes are written [syn: staff, stave]
      v 1: provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"
      2: serve on the staff of; "The two men staff the reception desk"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  236 Moby Thesaurus words for "staff":
     British Cabinet, Malacca cane, Sanhedrin, US Cabinet, accouter,
     advisory body, advocate, alpenstock, appoint, arm, armory,
     assembly, association, athletic supporter, back, backbone, backing,
     badge, badge of office, badges, baluster, balustrade, bandeau,
     banister, bar, bar line, base, baton, bearer, bench, blazonry,
     board, body of advisers, borough council, bra, brace, bracer,
     bracket, brain trust, brassard, brassiere, button, buttress,
     cabinet, caduceus, camarilla, cane, cap and gown, carrier,
     caryatid, cervix, chain, chain of office, chamber, city council,
     class ring, club, cockade, collar, colonnade, column,
     common council, conference, congress, consultative assembly,
     corset, council, council fire, council of ministers,
     council of state, council of war, county council, court, crew,
     crook, crosier, cross, cross-staff, crozier, crutch, crutch-stick,
     dado, decoration, degree, deliberative assembly, die, diet,
     directory, divan, dress, eagle, emblems, employees, ensigns, equip,
     fasces, figurehead, fit, fit out, fit up, fleur-de-lis, footstalk,
     force, foundation garment, fulcrum, furnish, gang, gavel, gear,
     girdle, guy, guywire, hammer and sickle, handstaff, heel, help,
     heraldry, hired help, insignia, jack, jock, jockstrap, junta,
     kitchen cabinet, lapel pin, ledger line, legislature, line, lituus,
     livery, mace, mainstay, maintainer, man, mantle, markings, mast,
     medal, men, mortarboard, munition, neck, newel-post,
     old school tie, organization, outfit, parish council,
     pastoral staff, paterissa, peduncle, personnel, pier, pike,
     pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, pin, plinth, pole, portfolio, post,
     prepare, privy council, prop, quarterstaff, queen-post, regalia,
     reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest, resting place, retinue,
     rig, rig out, rig up, rigging, ring, rod, rod of office, rose,
     scepter, school ring, servantry, shaft, shamrock, shillelagh,
     shoulder, shroud, sigillography, skull and crossbones, socle,
     soviet, space, sphragistics, spine, sprit, stake, stalk, stanchion,
     stand, standard, standing rigging, stave, stay, stem, stick,
     stiffener, strengthener, subbase, support, supporter, surbase,
     sustainer, swagger stick, swanking stick, swastika, syndicate,
     synod, tartan, team, the help, thistle, tie, tribunal, truncheon,
     trunk, turn out, uniform, upholder, upright, verge, walking stick,
     wand, wand of office

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