from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of stave.
  • n. A casing or lining of staves, especially one encircling a water wheel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A casing or lining of staves; especially, one encircling a water wheel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Excellent; exceeding: as, we had a staving good time.
  • n. Staves collectively, as those which form the curb about a turbine water-wheel.
  • n. In forging, a method of shortening or compacting a heated bar by striking blows on its end.


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  • Although the financial supports for banks and auto makers were effective in staving off a much deeper economic crisis and have largely been repaid to the Federal government, they caused resentment among many because large corporations were given greater assistance than that which was given to families facing personal income or mortgage problems.

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  • I thought I was doing well in staving off the inevitable post-Book Fair cold, but evidently I only delayed it a bit and last night I woke around 4am up with full-on sore throat, achiness, etc. Just in time for my birthday today.

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  • Our tail and ball gunner, Jan Brown and Tracy Kelly, respectively, were doing an excellent job in staving off attacks from that quarter.


  • The journey starts at her local Brooklyn sanitation division, then explodes into the world-wide business of waste disposal, which seems 1) very profitable and 2) largely an exercise in staving off the inevitable.

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  • As soon as they get around to 1) providing enough content that’s worthy of high-def; 2) stop charging up the wazoo for the wire and plastic to connect it; 3) offer definitive estimates of quality and value; 4) make buying high-def equipment a comfortable experience rather than an exercise in staving off agressive salespeople; then 5) I might not mind spending all that money on it.

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  • But perhaps interested in staving off the eventual robot rebellion (or maybe they just saw one of the Terminator movies), the Pentagon is also investing $4 billion in a research program to make sure this new army doesn’t do anything that might violate the Geneva Conventions.

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  • What does Mr. Bernanke want to do, cripple an already faltering economy, by "staving" off inflation, until it collapses anew?

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  • The findings add to mixed evidence that the drug can raise a person's risk of heart attack or stroke and cause cancer, while other research shows benefits, such as staving off Alzheimer's.

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  • Other research has shown benefits, such as staving off Alzheimer's, and many doctors view THC as a valuable way to treat weight loss associated with AIDS, and nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients.

  • There was, of course, always a great deal of boat work, much of it to be done with a loaded boat in a seaway, requiring practical knowledge of such matters, and I do not remember any accidents, such as staving a boat on a reef, swamping, in all those years; and he invariably brought the boat out when it was easy for the vessel to pick her up, a matter not sufficiently understood by many people.

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