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Staff vs. Cane

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Staffnoun

(plural staffs or staves) A long, straight, thick wooden rod or stick, especially one used to assist in walking.

Canenoun

A plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem thereof.

Staffnoun

A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.

Canenoun

(uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae.

Staffnoun

(plural staff or staffs) The employees of a business.

‘The company employed 10 new members of staff this month.’;

Canenoun

(uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed.

Staffnoun

(uncountable) A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.W

Canenoun

(uncountable) Sugar cane.

Staffnoun

A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.

‘a constable's staff’;

Canenoun

Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.

Staffnoun

A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.

Canenoun

The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool.

Staffnoun

(archaic) The rung of a ladder.

Canenoun

(countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.

Staffnoun

A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.

Canenoun

(uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane.

‘The teacher gave his student the cane for throwing paper.’;

Staffnoun

(engineering) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.

Canenoun

A lance or dart made of cane.

Staffnoun

(surgery) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.

Canenoun

A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane.

Staffnoun

(military) An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution.

Canenoun

(countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.

‘After breaking his leg, he needed a cane to walk.’;

Staffverb

(transitive) To supply (a business, volunteer organization, etc.) with employees or staff members.

Canenoun

A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.

Staffnoun

A long piece of wood; a stick; the long handle of an instrument or weapon; a pole or stick, used for many purposes; as, a surveyor's staff; the staff of a spear or pike.

‘And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar to bear it withal.’; ‘With forks and staves the felon to pursue.’;

Canenoun

(countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.

Staffnoun

A stick carried in the hand for support or defense by a person walking; hence, a support; that which props or upholds.

‘The boy was the very staff of my age.’; ‘He spoke of it [beer] in "The Earnest Cry," and likewise in the "Scotch Drink," as one of the staffs of life which had been struck from the poor man's hand.’;

Canenoun

(uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like.

Staffnoun

A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office; as, a constable's staff.

‘Methought this staff, mine office badge in court,Was broke in twain.’; ‘All his officers brake their staves; but at their return new staves were delivered unto them.’;

Canenoun

A local European measure of length; the canna.

Staffnoun

A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.

Caneverb

To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.

Staffnoun

The round of a ladder.

‘I ascended at one [ladder] of six hundred and thirty-nine staves.’;

Caneverb

To destroy; to comprehensively defeat.

‘Mudchester Rovers were caned 10-0.’;

Staffnoun

A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.

‘Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical.’;

Caneverb

To do something well, in a competent fashion.

Staffnoun

The five lines and the spaces on which music is written; - formerly called stave.

Caneverb

To produce extreme pain.

‘Don't hit me with that. It really canes!’; ‘Mate, my legs cane!’;

Staffnoun

An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.

Caneverb

(transitive) To make or furnish with cane or rattan.

‘to cane chairs’;

Staffnoun

The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.

Canenoun

A name given to several peculiar palms, species of Calamus and Dæmanorops, having very long, smooth flexible stems, commonly called rattans.

‘Like light canes, that first rise big and brave.’;

Staffnoun

An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution. See État Major.

Canenoun

A walking stick; a staff; - so called because originally made of one of the species of cane.

‘Stir the fire with your master's cane.’;

Staffnoun

Hence: A body of assistants serving to carry into effect the plans of a superintendent or manager; sometimes used for the entire group of employees of an enterprise, excluding the top management; as, the staff of a newspaper.

Canenoun

A lance or dart made of cane.

‘Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraignThe flying skirmish of the darted cane.’;

Staffnoun

Plaster combined with fibrous and other materials so as to be suitable for sculpture in relief or in the round, or for forming flat plates or boards of considerable size which can be nailed to framework to make the exterior of a larger structure, forming joints which may afterward be repaired and concealed with fresh plaster.

Canenoun

A local European measure of length. See Canna.

Staffnoun

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’;

Caneverb

To beat with a cane.

Staffnoun

the body of teachers and administrators at a school;

‘the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university’;

Caneverb

To make or furnish with cane or rattan; as, to cane chairs.

Staffnoun

a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose;

‘he walked with the help of a wooden staff’;

Canenoun

a stick that people can lean on to help them walk

Staffnoun

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

Canenoun

a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane

Staffnoun

a rod carried as a symbol

Canenoun

a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment

Staffnoun

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

Caneverb

beat with a cane

Staffverb

provide with staff;

‘This position is not always staffed’;

Canenoun

the hollow jointed stem of a tall grass, especially bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem of a slender palm such as rattan.

Staffverb

serve on the staff of;

‘The two men staff the reception desk’;

Canenoun

any plant that produces canes.

Canenoun

stems of bamboo, rattan, or wicker used as a material for making furniture or baskets

‘a cane coffee table’;

Canenoun

short for sugar cane

Canenoun

a flexible woody stem of the raspberry plant or any of its relatives

‘raspberry canes’;

Canenoun

a length of cane or a slender stick, especially one used as a support for plants, a walking stick, or an instrument of punishment

‘tie the shoot to a cane if vertical growth is required’;

Canenoun

a form of corporal punishment used in certain schools, involving beating with a cane

‘wrong answers were rewarded by the cane’;

Caneverb

beat with a cane as a punishment

‘Matthew was caned for bullying by the headmaster’;

Caneverb

defeat heavily or punish severely

‘they have caned Essex and Durham in the Championship’;

Caneverb

take (drink or drugs) in large quantities

‘the others were probably out caning it in some bar’;

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