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staff Explained

staff at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


staff at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. st?if "stick, staff, rod" (also, in plural, "letter, character, writing," cf. st?ifcr?ift "grammar"), from P.Gmc. *stabaz. Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander" is from 1779, apparently from Ger., from the notion of the "baton" that is a badge of office or authority. Meaning "group of employees (as at an office or hospital)" is first found 1837. The verb meaning "to provide with a staff of assistants" is from 1859. ///

staff at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n ----------//
1 workers:
2 stick:
3 music:
4 the staff of life: ----------// [Language: Old English; Origin: st[zB024]f 'stick']//
1 WORKERS: [C also + plural verb British English] the people who work for an organization// --The entire staff has done an outstanding job this year.// --They employ a total of 150 staff.// --The staff were very helpful.// staff of 10/50 etc // --Our department has a staff of seven.// medical/academic/library etc staff // --a strike by ambulance staff// --one of our longest-serving staff members // member of staff BrE // --I'd like to welcome a new member of staff.// on the staff (of sth)// --We were both on the staff of the British Film Institute at the time.// on staff// AmE // --Joan is the only lawyer we have on staff.// staff room/meeting (=a room or meeting for teachers in a school) //
2 STICK: [C] // plural staves /ste[hA366]vz/// a) old use a long thick stick to help you walk// b) a long thick stick that an official holds in some ceremonies//
3 MUSIC: [C] especially AmE the set of five lines that music is written on// stave//
4 the staff of life: literary bread// general staff, ground staff// ----------// GRAMMAR // In British English, staff can be singular or plural. // In American English, staff is not used as frequently as in British English, and is never followed by a plural verb. // !! You never refer to a person as 'a staff'. Say a member of staff (BrE) or an employee . // ----------//
staff 2 v [T usually passive] to be or provide the workers for an organization// overstaffed, understaffed// --The centre is staffed mainly by volunteers.// -- staffing n [U] // --staffing levels//

staff at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

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

staff at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Council): council, committee, subcommittee, board, staff, parliament, chamber, directory, house, legislative assembly, chapter.

[N] (Servant): subject, servant, retainer, follower, henchman, help, employee, attache, retinue, suite, cortege, staff, attendant, amaneusis, page, waiter, butler, lackey, footman, slave, flunky, flunkey, go-fer*.

[N] (Insignia of authority): scepter, regalia, caduceus, wand, mace, staff, baton, truncheon, flag, insignia, ensign, emblem, badge, throne, dais, crown, coronet.

staff at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb

1 [C, usually sing.] all the workers employed in an organization considered as a group:
medical / library staff * (BrE) teaching staff * (BrE) We have 20 part-time members of staff. * (AmE) staff members * staff development / training * a staff restaurant / meeting * (especially BrE) a lawyer on the staff of the Worldwide Fund for Nature

2 [sing.] (AmE) the people who work at a school, college or university, but who do not teach students:
students, faculty and staff

3 [C+sing./pl. v.] a group of senior army officers who help a commanding officer:
a staff officer
4 [C] (old-fashioned or formal) a long stick used as a support when walking or climbing, as a weapon, or as a symbol of authority
5 [C] (music) (especially AmE) = STAVE
the staff of life (literary) a basic food, especially bread
verb [VN] [usually passive] to work in an institution, a company, etc.; to provide people to work there:
The advice centre is staffed entirely by volunteers. * The charity provided money to staff and equip two hospitals. * a fully staffed department
staffing noun [U]:
staffing levels
In BrE staff (sense 1) can be singular: a staff of ten (= a group of ten people) or plural: I have ten staff working for me. If it is the subject of a verb this verb is plural: The staff in this shop are very helpful.
In AmE staff (senses 1 and 2) can only be singular: a staff of ten (but not _t_e_n_ _s_t_a_f_f.) * The staff in this store is very helpful.
The plural form staffs is less frequent but is used in both BrE and AmE to refer to more than one group of people: the senator and his staff (singular) * senators and their staffs (plural).

Staff at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Staff \Staff\, 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.

Staff \Staff\, n.; pl. {Staves} (? or ?; 277) or {Staffs}in
senses 1-9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f 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 srick, used for many
purposes; as, a surveyor's staff; the staff of a spear or

And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of
the altar to bear it withal. --Ex. xxxviii.

With forks and staves the felon to pursue. --Dryden.

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.

The boy was the very staff of my age. --Shak.

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.

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

Methought this staff, mine office badge in court,
Was broke in twain. --Shak.

All his officers brake their staves; but at their
return new staves were delivered unto them.

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

5. The round of a ladder. [R.]

I ascend at one [ladder] of six hundred and
thirty-nine staves. --Dr. J.
Campbell (E.

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

Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for
an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical. --Dryden.

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

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

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

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}.

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

{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 ({C. scandens}) is commonly called
{bittersweet}. See 2d {Bittersweet}, 3
(b) .

{To set}, or {To put}, {up, or down}, {one's staff}, to take
up one's residence; to lodge. [Obs.]

staff at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"
2: serve on the staff of; "The two men staff the reception

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: the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the
dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the
university" [syn: {faculty}]
3: a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian
purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
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: {stave}]

staff at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » Staff


Inter: wikipedi » a
Category: File - :John William Waterhouse - Magic Circle.JPG|thumb|A woman drawing a circle with a staff


Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » stæf|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » stabaz|lang=gem-pro. Cognate with Dutch Inter: term » staf|lang=nl, German Inter: term » Stab|lang=de, Swedish Inter: term » stav|lang=sv. Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander", attested from 1702, is influenced from German Inter: term » Stab|lang=de.


* Inter: a » RP Inter: enPR » stäf, Inter: IPA » /stɑːf/, Inter: X-SAMPA » stA:f
  • Inter: rhymes » ɑːf
  • Inter: a » North America|Northern England Inter: IPA » /ˈstæf/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-staff.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » æf


    Inter: en-noun » s|pl2=staves|pl3=staff|-

Category: Image - :Music-staff.png|thumb|right|A musical staff
  • Inter: context » plural staffs or staves a long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
    1. Inter: music » plural staves A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
    2. Inter: context » plural staff The employees of a business.
    3. : The company employed 10 new staff this month.
    4. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=December 16
    |author=Denis Campbell
    |title=Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'
    |passage=Most staff do not have the skills to cope with such challenging patients, who too often receive "impersonal" care and suffer from boredom, the first National Audit of Dementia found. It says hospitals should introduce "dementia champions.''
    1. Inter: uncountabl » e A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering (see Category: w - :Staff (building material)|Wikipedia article)


      * Inter: sense » music stave

  • Inter: sense » employees personnel
  • See also Category: Wikisaurus:stick -

    Related terms

    * member of staff
  • quarterstaff


    Inter: trans-top » long, straight stick
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|ցուպ|tr=c’up, Inter: t- » hy|ձեռնափայտ|tr=jeṙnap’ayt, Inter: t- » hy|գավազան|tr=gavazan
  • Basque: Inter: t- » eu|haga
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|bastó|m
  • Chamicuro: Inter: tø » ccc|chaskolo
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|hůl|f
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|stav|c; Inter: t- » da|stang|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|staf|c
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|bastono
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|sauva, Inter: t- » fi|salko
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bâton|m, Inter: t+ » fr|canne|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Stab|m
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ράβδος|f|tr=rávdos|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|ραβδί|n|tr=ravdí|sc=Grek
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|מקל|m|alt=מַקֵּל
  • Ido: bastono
  • Indonesian: toya

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|bastone|m, Inter: t+ » it|asta|f
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|baculum
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|стап|m|tr=stap
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|laska|f, Inter: t+ » pl|kij|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|cajado|m
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|посох|m|tr=pósox
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|bata|m
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|штап|m|alt=шта̑п|sc=Cyrl
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|štap|m|alt=štȃp
    • Slovak: Inter: t+ » sk|palica|f, Inter: t- » sk|žrď|f, Inter: t- » sk|bakuľa|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|bastón|m, Inter: t+ » es|báculo|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|stav|c
    • Zulu: Inter: t- » zu|induku|c9|c10

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » series of horizontal lines
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|pentagrama|m
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|osnova|f
    • Dutch: balk {{m}}, notenbalk {{m}}
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nuottiviivasto
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|portée|f
    • German: Notenlinien Inter: f » p
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|πεντάγραμμο|n|tr=pentágrammo|sc=Grek

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|pentagramma|m
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|петолиние|n|tr=petolínie
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|pięciolinia|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|pauta|f
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|нотный стан|m|tr=nótnyj stan
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|cliabh|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|varas|f|p, Inter: t- » es|pauta|f, Inter: t+ » es|pentagrama|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » employees of a business
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|staff|m, Inter: t- » ca|plantilla|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|員工|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|员工|tr=yuángōng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|人員|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|人员|tr=rényuán|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|工作人員|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|工作人员|tr=gōngzuò rényuán|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|personál|m
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|stab|c, Inter: t- » da|personale|n
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|medewerkers|p, Inter: t+ » nl|personeel|n
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|henkilöstö, Inter: t- » fi|henkilökunta
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|personnel|m, Inter: t+ » fr|staff|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Belegschaft|f, Inter: t+ » de|Personal|n, Inter: t+ » de|Stab|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|προσωπικό|n|tr=prosopikó|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|επιτελείο|n|tr=epiteleío|sc=Grek
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|personale|m, Inter: t+ » it|organico|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|人員|tr=じんいん, jin'in|sc=Jpan, Inter: t+ » ja|スタッフ|tr=sutaffu|sc=Jpan
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|персонал|m|tr=personál, Inter: t- » mk|кадар|m|tr=kádar
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|personel|m, Inter: t- » pl|pracownicy|p
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|pessoal|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|персонал|m|tr=personál, Inter: t+ » ru|кадр|m|p|tr=kádry|alt=кадры|sc=Cyrl
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|особље|n|sc=Cyrl
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|osoblje|n
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|personal|m, Inter: t+ » es|equipo|m, Inter: t+ » es|empleado|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|personal|c
  • Uyghur: Inter: t- » ug|خىزمەتچى|tr=xizmetchi|sc=ug-Arab
  • Volapük: Inter: qualifier » collective Inter: t+ » vo|pösodef

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * truncheon
    • club
    • cudgel
    • stick
    • baton
    • bludgeon
    • rod
    • cane


      Inter: en-ver » b

  • Inter: transitiv » e to supply (a business) with employees


    Inter: trans-top » to supply with employees
  • Danish: forsyne med personale
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|miehittää
  • French: doter en personnel

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|επανδρώνω|tr=epandróno|sc=Grek
    • Welsh: Inter: t+ » cy|staffio

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    * taffs
    Category: Category:English nouns with irregular plurals -
    Category: Category:English politically correct terms -
    Category: Category:English words with multiple plurals -


    Inter: wikipedia » lang=fr

    Etymology 1

    19th century - Obscure, possibly from Inter: etyl » de|fr Inter: term » staffieren|lang=de or Old French Inter: term » estofer|lang=fro (modern French Inter: term » étoffer|lang=fr)


    * Inter: IPA » /staf/|lang=fr


    Inter: fr-noun » m
  • staff, mixture of plaster and fibre.
    1. : Le staff apparaît grâce au Français Mézier qui vers 1850 a lidée de réaliser une première corniche préfabriquée armée d'une toile de jute. Dès lors l'emploi du staff se développe rapidement jusqu'à atteindre son apogée à la belle époque.'' (Wikipédia)
      Derived terms
      * Inter: l » fr|staffer

  • Inter: l » fr|staffeur

    Etymology 2

    20th century - from Inter: etyl » en|fr Inter: term » staff|lang=en


    * Inter: IPA » /staf/|lang=fr


    Inter: fr-noun » m

  • staff, employees of a business.
    1. : les membres du staff.
    2. governing body (army, corporation, administration, etc.)
    3. : Il avait été prévu une centaine dinfirmiers et un staff comprenant le médecin-chef, deux assistants, six internes.'' (H. Bazin, Fin asiles, 1959, p. 81)
      * Inter: l » fr|équipe, Inter: l » fr|personnel


      * Inter: R:TLF » i



    Inter: etyl » en|it


    Inter: head » it|noun Inter: m » inv
  • staff (people)

  • Category: ang:staff -
    Translation: ca » staff
    Translation: cy » staff
    Translation: de » staff
    Translation: et » staff
    Translation: el » staff
    Translation: es » staff
    Translation: fr » staff
    Translation: ko » staff
    Translation: io » staff
    Translation: it » staff
    Translation: kn » staff
    Translation: ku » staff
    Translation: li » staff
    Translation: hu » staff
    Translation: mg » staff
    Translation: my » staff
    Translation: nl » staff
    Translation: pl » staff
    Translation: pt » staff
    Translation: ru » staff
    Category: simple:staff -
    Translation: fi » staff
    Translation: sv » staff
    Translation: ta » staff
    Translation: te » staff
    Translation: vi » staff
    Translation: zh » staff

    Staff at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » staff


    Proper noun

    Inter: head » no|proper noun
  • Inter: surname » lang=no

  • Category: ang:Staff -
    Translation: de » Staff
    Translation: ru » Staff