A stick or cane carried as an aid in walking or climbing. A stout stick used as a weapon; a cudgel. A pole on which a flag is displayed; a flagstaff. A rod or baton carried as a symbol of authority. pl. A rule or similar graduated stick used for testing or measuring, as in surveying. pl. A group of assistants to a manager, executive, or other person in authority. A group of military officers assigned to assist a commanding officer in an executive or advisory capacity. The personnel who carry out a specific enterprise: the nursing staff of a hospital. Something that serves as a staple or support. Music A set of horizontal lines and intermediate spaces used in notation to represent a sequence of pitches, in modern notation normally consisting of five lines and four spaces. Also called stave. To provide with a staff of workers or assistants. To serve on the staff of (an organization).