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staff 1

 (stăf)
n. pl. staffs or staves (stāvz)
1.
a. A stick or cane carried as an aid in walking or climbing.
b. A stout stick used as a weapon; a cudgel.
c. A pole on which a flag is displayed; a flagstaff.
d. A rod or baton carried as a symbol of authority.
2. pl. staffs A rule or similar graduated stick used for testing or measuring, as in surveying.
3. pl. staffs
a. A group of assistants to a manager, executive, or other person in authority.
b. A group of military officers assigned to assist a commanding officer in an executive or advisory capacity.
c. The personnel who carry out a specific enterprise: the nursing staff of a hospital.
4. Something that serves as a staple or support.
5. Music A set of horizontal lines and intermediate spaces used in notation to represent a sequence of pitches, in modern notation normally consisting of five lines and four spaces. Also called stave.
tr.v. staffed, staff·ing, staffs
1. To provide with a staff of workers or assistants.
2. To serve on the staff of (an organization).

[Middle English staf, from Old English stæf.]

staff 2

 (stăf)
n.
A building material of plaster and fiber used as an exterior wall covering of temporary buildings, as at expositions.

[Perhaps from German Stoff, stuff.]

staff

(stɑːf)
n, pl staffs, pl staffs or staves (steɪvz)
1. (Professions) a group of people employed by a company, individual, etc, for executive, clerical, sales work, etc
2. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (modifier) attached to or provided for the staff of an establishment: a staff doctor.
3. (Education) the body of teachers or lecturers of an educational institution, as distinct from the students
4. (Military) 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. (Heraldry) a pole on which a flag is hung
8. (Surveying) chiefly Brit a graduated rod used in surveying, esp for sighting to with a levelling instrument. Usual US name: rod
9. (Music, other) music
a. 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
b. any set of five lines in this system together with its clef: the treble staff.
vb
(tr) to provide with a staff
[Old English stæf; related to Old Frisian stef, Old Saxon staf, German Stab, Old Norse stafr, Gothic Stafs; see stave]

staff

(stɑːf)
n
(Building) US a mixture of plaster and hair used to cover the external surface of temporary structures and for decoration
[C19: of unknown origin]

staff1

(stæf, stɑf)

n., pl. staffs for 1-4,8; staves (stāvz) or staffs for 5-7,9,10; n.
1. a group of people, esp. employees, who carry out the work of an establishment or perform a specific function.
2. a group of assistants to a manager, superintendent, or executive.
3.
a. a body of military officers appointed to assist a commanding officer.
b. the parts of an army concerned with administration rather than combat.
4. a stick, pole, or rod for aid in walking or climbing, for use as a weapon, etc.
5. a rod serving as a symbol of office or authority.
6. a pole on which a flag is hung or displayed.
7. something that supports or sustains.
8. Also, stave. a set of usu. five horizontal lines, with the corresponding four spaces between them, on which music is written.
9. Archaic. the shaft of a spear, lance, etc.
adj.
10. of or pertaining to a military or organizational staff.
11. employed on the staff of a corporation, publication, institution, etc.: a staff writer.
v.t.
12. to provide with a staff of assistants or workers.
13. to serve on the staff of.
14. to send to a staff for study or further work (often fol. by out).
[before 900; Old English stæf, c. Old Frisian stef, Old Saxon staf, Old High German stap, Old Norse stafr staff]
usage: See collective noun.

staff2

(stæf, stɑf)

n.
a composition of plaster and fibrous material used for a temporary finish and in ornamental work, as on exposition buildings.
[1890–95, Amer.; perhaps < German Stoff stuff]

staff

  • baguette - Means "little rod" and is derived from Latin baculum, "staff, stick."
  • dough - As in money, it almost certainly came from bread (another slang term for it), because bread is the staff of life.
  • staff - From Germanic stabaz, "stick"; its sense as "employees" is probably an allusion to the carrying of a staff of office by a person in charge.
  • miter, mitre, crosier - The tall, pointy hat of a bishop or abbot is the miter/mitre—from Greek mitra, "headdress"; a crosier is a bishop's staff.

staff

See: multinational staff; general staff; integrated staff; joint staff; parallel staff; special staff.

Staff

 Examples: staff of cocks (two), 1688; of hawks (three), 1688; of nurses; of officers; of servants—Brewer; of teasels, 1794.

staff

The people who work for an organization can be referred to as its staff.

She was invited to join the staff of the BBC.
The police questioned all the hospital staff.

In British English, you can use a plural or singular form of a verb after staff. The plural form is more common.

The staff are very helpful.
The teaching staff is well-qualified and experienced.

In American English, staff is usually followed by a singular form.

The hotel staff was friendly.
Our staff gets bigger every year.

Be Careful!
Don't refer to an individual person who works for an organization as 'a staff'. Refer to him or her as a member of staff.

There are ten students to every member of staff.
All members of staff are expected to attend meetings.

staff


Past participle: staffed
Gerund: staffing

Imperative
staff
staff
Present
I staff
you staff
he/she/it staffs
we staff
you staff
they staff
Preterite
I staffed
you staffed
he/she/it staffed
we staffed
you staffed
they staffed
Present Continuous
I am staffing
you are staffing
he/she/it is staffing
we are staffing
you are staffing
they are staffing
Present Perfect
I have staffed
you have staffed
he/she/it has staffed
we have staffed
you have staffed
they have staffed
Past Continuous
I was staffing
you were staffing
he/she/it was staffing
we were staffing
you were staffing
they were staffing
Past Perfect
I had staffed
you had staffed
he/she/it had staffed
we had staffed
you had staffed
they had staffed
Future
I will staff
you will staff
he/she/it will staff
we will staff
you will staff
they will staff
Future Perfect
I will have staffed
you will have staffed
he/she/it will have staffed
we will have staffed
you will have staffed
they will have staffed
Future Continuous
I will be staffing
you will be staffing
he/she/it will be staffing
we will be staffing
you will be staffing
they will be staffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been staffing
you have been staffing
he/she/it has been staffing
we have been staffing
you have been staffing
they have been staffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been staffing
you will have been staffing
he/she/it will have been staffing
we will have been staffing
you will have been staffing
they will have been staffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been staffing
you had been staffing
he/she/it had been staffing
we had been staffing
you had been staffing
they had been staffing
Conditional
I would staff
you would staff
he/she/it would staff
we would staff
you would staff
they would staff
Past Conditional
I would have staffed
you would have staffed
he/she/it would have staffed
we would have staffed
you would have staffed
they would have staffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.staff - personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned taskstaff - 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 decisions"
newsroom - the staff of a newspaper or the news department of a periodical; "every newspaper editor is criticized by the newsroom"
personnel, force - group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
office staff, office - professional or clerical workers in an office; "the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"
research staff - a group of associated research workers in a university or library or laboratory
sales staff - those in a business who are responsible for sales
security staff - those in an organization responsible for preventing spying or theft
maintenance staff, service staff - those in a business responsible for maintaining the physical plant
general staff - military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy
headquarters staff - military staff stationed at headquarters
staff member, staffer - an employee who is a member of a staff of workers (especially a member of the staff that works for the President of the United States)
2.staff - a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
alpenstock - a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
baton - a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
shepherd's crook, crook - a long staff with one end being hook shaped
crutch - a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
distaff - the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
flagpole, flagstaff - a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised
pikestaff - the staff of a pike
quarterstaff - a long stout staff used as a weapon
stick - an implement consisting of a length of wood; "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
3.staff - the body of teachers and administrators at a schoolstaff - the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
school - an educational institution; "the school was founded in 1900"
prof, professor - someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university
4.staff - building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration
building material - material used for constructing buildings
5.staff - a rod carried as a symbol
symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
crosier, crozier - a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
mace - a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority
scepter, sceptre, verge, wand - a ceremonial or emblematic staff
tipstaff - staff with a metal tip carried as a sign of office by e.g. a bailiff or constable
6.staff - (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
staff line - any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff
space - one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff; "the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Verb1.staff - provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"
man - provide with workers; "We cannot man all the desks"; "Students were manning the booths"
cater, ply, provide, supply - give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
2.staff - serve on the staff of; "The two men staff the reception desk"
serve - do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; "He served as head of the department for three years"; "She served in Congress for two terms"

staff

noun
1. workers, employees, personnel, workforce, team, organization The staff were very good.
2. stick, pole, rod, prop, crook, cane, stave, wand, sceptre We carried a staff that was notched at various lengths
verb
1. man, work, operate, crew, people They are staffed by volunteers.

staff

noun
A fairly long straight piece of solid material used especially as a support in walking:
Translations
عَصَامَجْمُوعَةُ الـعَامِلِيـنهَيئَه، طاقَميُزَوِّد بالمُوَظَّفين
personálhůlnotová osnovaobsaditosnova
bemandenodearknodelinierpersonalestab
henkilökuntasauvamiehittäänuottiviivastosalko
osoblještap
mannanótnastrengurstarfsliî
職員
지팡이직원
darbiniekinodrošināt personālu/štatunošu līnijaspersonālsštats
personelpięcioliniapałka
notová osnovapersonál
osebje
personalstav
ไม้ค้ำ เสาค้ำ ไม้เท้าพนักงาน
personelpersonel sağlamakportesopaçalışanlar
cộtnhân viên

staff

1 [stɑːf]
A. N
1. (= personnel) → personal m, empleados mpl
the administrative staff(el personal de) la administración
the teaching staffel cuerpo docente, el profesorado
to be on the staffser de plantilla
to join the staffentrar en la plantilla
to leave the staffdimitir
2. (Mil) → estado m mayor
3. (o.f.) (= stick) → bastón m, vara f; (pilgrim's) → bordón m; (= symbol of authority) → bastón m de mando; (bishop's) → báculo m; [of flag, lance etc] → asta f
B. VTproveer de personal
to be well staffed (fully staffed) → tener la plantilla completa; (with good workers) → tener un buen personal
the centre is staffed by qualified lawyersel centro cuenta con abogados titulados en plantilla
C. CPD staff association Nasociación f del personal
staff canteen Ncomedor m de personal
staff college Nescuela f militar superior
staff meeting Nreunión f de personal
staff nurse Nenfermero/a m/f titulado/a
staff officer Noficial m del Estado Mayor
staff room Nsala f de profesores
staff-student ratio Nproporción f alumnos-profesor
staff training Nformación f de personal

staff

2 [stɑːf] N (staves, staff (pl)) (Mus) → pentagrama m

staff

[ˈstɑːf]
n
(= workforce) → personnel m
one of the staff → un membre du personnel, un(e) employé(e)
(British) (SCHOOL) (= teachers) the staff → les professeurs mpl, les enseignants mpl, le personnel m enseignant
a member of staff → un membre du personnel enseignant
(= servants) their staff → leurs domestiques mpl
(MILITARY)état-major m
(= stick) → bâton m
modif [accommodation, appraisal, canteen] → du personnel; [cuts, shortage] → de personnel
vt [+ shop, hospital, school, factory] → pourvoir en personnel
The centre is staffed at all times
BUT Il y a toujours quelqu'un qui travaille dans le centre.
The shop is staffed by volonteers
BUT Le magasin est tenu par des bénévoles.
to staff sth with sth
They staff the clinics with nurses → Ils ont pourvu les cliniques en infirmières.staff discount nremise f pour le personnelstaff meeting n [teachers] → conseil m des professeursstaff nurse ninfirmier/ière m/fstaff officer nofficier m d'état-major

staff

n
(= personnel)Personal nt; (Sch, Univ) → Kollegium nt, → Lehrkörper m (form); (of one department, on one project)Mitarbeiterstab m; all the staff support this ideadie ganze Belegschaft or (Sch, Univ) → das ganze Kollegium unterstützt diesen Vorschlag; we have a large staffwir haben viel Personal/ein großes Kollegium/einen großen Mitarbeiterstab; we don’t have enough staff to complete the projectwir haben nicht genügend Mitarbeiter, um das Projekt zu beenden; editorial staffRedaktion f, → Redaktionsstab m; administrative staffVerwaltungsstab m, → Verwaltungspersonal nt; a member of staffein Mitarbeiter m, → eine Mitarbeiterin; (Sch) → ein Kollege m, → eine Kollegin; my fellow members of staffmeine Kollegen; we have 30 women on the staffbei uns sind 30 Frauen angestellt; to be on the staffzum Personal/Kollegium/Mitarbeiterstab gehören; are you staff? (inf)arbeiten Sie hier?; he joined the or our staff in 1996er arbeitet seit 1996 bei uns; he has left our staffer arbeitet nicht mehr hier
pl <-s or (old) staves> (= stick, symbol of authority)Stab m; (= flagstaff)Stock m; (fig liter: = support) → Stütze f; staff of officeAmtsstab m; the staff of lifedas wichtigste Nahrungsmittel
(Mil: = general staff) → Stab m
pl <staves> (Mus) → Notenlinien pl, → Notensystem nt
vt departmentMitarbeiter finden für; hospital, shop, hotelmit Personal besetzen, Personal finden für; schoolmit Lehrpersonal besetzen; the kitchens are staffed by foreignersdas Küchenpersonal besteht aus Ausländern

staff

:
staff association
n˜ Betriebsrat m
staff canteen
n(Betriebs)kantine f
staff college
nGeneralstabsakademie f

staff

:
staff notation
nNotenschrift f
staff nurse
n (Brit) → (voll)ausgebildete Krankenschwester, Vollschwester f (inf)
staff officer
nStabsoffizier(in) m(f)
staff problem
nPersonalproblem nt
staffroom
nLehrerzimmer nt
staff training

staff

[stɑːf]
1. n
a. (personnel, gen) → personale m; (servants) → personale di servizio (Mil) → Stato Maggiore
the administrative staff → il personale amministrativo
the teaching staff → il corpo insegnante
to be on the staff → far parte del personale or dell'organico
a staff of 15 → un personale or organico di 15 persone
to join the staff → entrare a far parte del personale
"staff only" → "passaggio di servizio"
b. (old) (stick) → bastone m (Rel) → bastone pastorale; (of flag) → asta
c. (Mus) (also stave) → pentagramma m, rigo
2. vtfornire di personale
to be staffed by Asians/women → avere un personale asiatico/costituito da donne
to be well staffed → essere ben fornito/a di personale

staff1

(staːf) noun or noun plural
a group of people employed in running a business, school etc. The school has a large teaching staff; The staff are annoyed about the changes.
verb
to supply with staff. Most of our offices are staffed by volunteers.
ˈstaffroom noun
a sitting-room for the staff of eg a school. A meeting will be held in the staffroom.

staff2

(staːf) stave (steiv) plural staves noun
a set of lines and spaces on which music is written or printed.

staff

عَصَا, مَجْمُوعَةُ الـعَامِلِيـن hůl, personál personale, stav Personal προσωπικό bastón, personal, plantilla henkilökunta, sauva bâton, personnel osoblje, štap bastone, personale, 職員 지팡이, 직원 personeel, stok stab, stang pałka, personel bastão, quadro de funcionários палка, персонал personal, stav ไม้ค้ำ เสาค้ำ ไม้เท้า, พนักงาน personel, sopa cột, nhân viên 工作人员,

staff

n. personal de una institución.

staff

n personal m; hospital — personal del hospital
References in classic literature ?
Out came Meg, with gray horsehair hanging about her face, a red and black robe, a staff, and cabalistic signs upon her cloak.
His gold-headed cane, too,--a serviceable staff, of dark polished wood,--had similar traits, and, had it chosen to take a walk by itself, would have been recognized anywhere as a tolerably adequate representative of its master.
But I could imagine, even then, that, under some excitement which should go deeply into his consciousness -- roused by a trumpets real, loud enough to awaken all of his energies that were not dead, but only slumbering -- he was yet capable of flinging off his infirmities like a sick man's gown, dropping the staff of age to seize a battle-sword, and starting up once more a warrior.
I rejoice in my spine, as in the firm audacious staff of that flag which I fling half out to the world.
Jurgis and the rest of the staff of Hinds's Hotel could hardly stop to finish their dinner, before they hurried off to the big hall which the party had hired for that evening.
Well, I'm mighty glad to hear ye all and see ye all once more, 'cause I don't know when I'll be gone to glory; but I've done got ready, chil'en; 'pears like I'd got my little bundle all tied up, and my bonnet on, jest a waitin' for the stage to come along and take me home; sometimes, in the night, I think I hear the wheels a rattlin', and I'm lookin' out all the time; now, you jest be ready too, for I tell ye all, chil'en," she said striking her staff hard on the floor, "dat ar glory is a mighty thing
in comes the master, with a light in one hand and his heavy walking- staff in the other.
Other servants adorned all the balconies of the various stories with flowers and banners; others ascended to the roof and hoisted a great flag on a staff there.
Caesar, and Hannibal, and Alexander, and Napoleon are all on his staff, and ever so many more great generals; but the public hardly care to look at THEM when HE is around.
From these decayed sons and daughters of Gaul, she had acquired such wonderful arts, that the woman and girl who formed the staff of domestics regarded her as quite a Sorceress, or Cinderella's Godmother: who would send out for a fowl, a rabbit, a vegetable or two from the garden, and change them into anything she pleased.
In short I left her, when I went away at night, the prop and staff of Mr.
He could never have reached it, for the way was long, yet at evening some messengers running through the forest came upon a naked lad with a girl bound to his back and a staff in his hand, who staggered along slowly with starting eyes and foam upon his lips.