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English noun: staff

1. staff (group) personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task


SamplesThe hospital has an excellent nursing staff.
The general relied on his staff to make routine decisions.


Broader (hypernym)force, personnel


Narrower (hyponym)general staff, headquarters staff, maintenance staff, newsroom, office, office staff, research staff, sales staff, security staff, service staff


Member holonymstaff member, staffer

2. staff (artifact) a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose


SamplesHe walked with the help of a wooden staff.


Broader (hypernym)stick


Narrower (hyponym)alpenstock, baton, crook, crutch, distaff, flagpole, flagstaff, pikestaff, quarterstaff, shepherd's crook

3. staff (group) the body of teachers and administrators at a school


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


Synonymsfaculty


Broader (hypernym)body


Member holonymprof, professor


Member meronymschool

4. staff (substance) building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration


Broader (hypernym)building material

5. staff (communication) a rod carried as a symbol


Broader (hypernym)symbol


Narrower (hyponym)crosier, crozier, mace, scepter, sceptre, tipstaff, verge, wand

6. staff (communication) (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written


Synonymsstave


Broader (hypernym)musical notation


Part holonymspace, staff line


Domain categorymusic


English verb: staff

1. staff (competition) provide with staff


SamplesThis position is not always staffed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply


Narrower (hyponym)man

2. staff (competition) serve on the staff of


SamplesThe two men staff the reception desk.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)serve









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