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Definition 1: a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where staff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he walked with the help of a wooden staff

(staff is a kind of ...) an implement consisting of a length of wood

"he collected dry sticks for a campfire" "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"

(... is a kind of staff ) a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers

(... is a kind of staff ) a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority

(... is a kind of staff ) a long staff with one end being hook shaped

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

(... is a kind of staff ) the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning

(... is a kind of staff ) a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised

(... is a kind of staff ) the staff of a pike

(... is a kind of staff ) a long stout staff used as a weapon

Definition 2: (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for staff in the sense of this definition

(staff is a kind of ...) (music) notation used by musicians

(staff is a part of ...) any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff

(staff is a part of ...) one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff

"the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"

(staff belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 3: a rod carried as a symbol - [noun denoting communication]

(staff is a kind of ...) an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

(... is a kind of staff ) a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office

(... is a kind of staff ) a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority

(... is a kind of staff ) a ceremonial or emblematic staff

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

Definition 4: the body of teachers and administrators at a school - [noun denoting group]

Samples where staff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for staff in the sense of this definition

(staff is a kind of ...) 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"

(staff is a member of ...) someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university

(... is a member of staff) an educational institution

"the school was founded in 1900"

Definition 5: personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task - [noun denoting group]

Samples where staff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(staff is a kind of ...) group of people willing to obey orders

"a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"

(... is a kind of staff ) the staff of a newspaper or the news department of a periodical

"every newspaper editor is criticized by the newsroom"

(... is a kind of staff ) military staff stationed at headquarters

(... is a kind of staff ) military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy

(... is a kind of staff ) those in a business responsible for maintaining the physical plant

(... is a kind of staff ) those in an organization responsible for preventing spying or theft

(... is a kind of staff ) those in a business who are responsible for sales

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

(... is a kind of staff ) professional or clerical workers in an office

"the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"

(staff is a member of ...) 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)

Definition 6: building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration - [noun denoting substance]

(staff is a kind of ...) material used for constructing buildings

Definition 7: provide with staff - [verb of competition]

Samples where staff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This position is not always staffed

(staff is a kind of ...) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

(... is a kind of staff ) provide with workers

"We cannot man all the desks" "Students were manning the booths"

Definition 8: serve on the staff of - [verb of competition]

Samples where staff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The two men staff the reception desk

(staff is a kind of ...) 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"

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