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STAFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does staff mean? 

STAFF (noun)
  The noun STAFF has 6 senses:

1. personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
2. the body of teachers and administrators at a school
3. a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
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

  Familiarity information: STAFF used as a noun is common.


STAFF (verb)
  The verb STAFF has 2 senses:

1. provide with staff
2. serve on the staff of

  Familiarity information: STAFF used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STAFF (noun)


Sense 1staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context examples:

the hospital has an excellent nursing staff / the general relied on his staff to make routine decisions

Hypernyms ("staff" is a kind of...):

force; personnel (group of people willing to obey orders)

Meronyms (members of "staff"):

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))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "staff"):

headquarters staff (military staff stationed at headquarters)

general staff (military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy)

maintenance staff; service staff (those in a business responsible for maintaining the physical plant)

security staff (those in an organization responsible for preventing spying or theft)

sales staff (those in a business who are responsible for sales)

research staff (a group of associated research workers in a university or library or laboratory)

office; office staff (professional or clerical workers in an office)

newsroom (the staff of a newspaper or the news department of a periodical)


Sense 2staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The body of teachers and administrators at a school

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

staff; faculty

Context example:

the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university

Hypernyms ("staff" is a kind of...):

body (a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity)

Meronyms (members of "staff"):

prof; professor (someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university)

Holonyms ("staff" is a member of...):

school (an educational institution)


Sense 3staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he walked with the help of a wooden staff

Hypernyms ("staff" is a kind of...):

stick (an implement consisting of a length of wood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "staff"):

alpenstock (a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers)

quarterstaff (a long stout staff used as a weapon)

pikestaff (the staff of a pike)

flagpole; flagstaff (a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised)

distaff (the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning)

crutch (a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking)

crook; shepherd's crook (a long staff with one end being hook shaped)

baton (a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority)


Sense 4staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("staff" is a kind of...):

building material (material used for constructing buildings)


Sense 5staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rod carried as a symbol

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("staff" is a kind of...):

symbol (an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "staff"):

tipstaff (staff with a metal tip carried as a sign of office by e.g. a bailiff or constable)

scepter; sceptre; verge; wand (a ceremonial or emblematic staff)

mace (a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority)

crosier; crozier (a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office)


Sense 6staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

stave; staff

Hypernyms ("staff" is a kind of...):

musical notation (a notation used by musicians)

Meronyms (parts of "staff"):

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)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


STAFF (verb)


Sense 1staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with staff

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

This position is not always staffed

Hypernyms (to "staff" is one way to...):

cater; ply; provide; supply (provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "staff"):

man (provide with men)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2staff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serve on the staff of

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

The two men staff the reception desk

Hypernyms (to "staff" is one way to...):

serve (do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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