What does the word stave mean?

Usage examples for stave

  1. " Good- evenin', ma'm," responded the man briefly, and not relaxing at all the energy with which he was trimming a barrel- stave. – The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt
  2. Thus the second stave is usually a perfectly obvious consequence of the first; and the third and fourth an exact or very slightly varied repetition of the first and second. – The Perfect Wagnerite A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring by George Bernard Shaw
  3. During my excursion to the shore to assist in the interment of Mr. Carver, it was my good fortune to find a hogshead stave floating in the water. – American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge