2. An act of a corporation or of its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law; as, the statutes of a
3. An assemblage of farming servants (held possibly by statute) for the purpose of being hired; called
also statute fair. [Eng.] Cf. 3d Mop, 2. Halliwell.
Statute book, a record of laws or legislative acts. Blackstone. Statute cap, a kind of woolen
cap; so called because enjoined to be worn by a statute, dated in 1571, in behalf of the trade of cappers.
[Obs.] Halliwell. Statute fair. See Statute, n., 3, above. Statute labor, a definite amount
of labor required for the public service in making roads, bridges, etc., as in certain English colonies.
Statute merchant (Eng. Law), a bond of record pursuant to the stat. 13 Edw. I., acknowledged
in form prescribed, on which, if not paid at the day, an execution might be awarded against the body,
lands, and goods of the debtor, and the obligee might hold the lands until out of the rents and profits of
them the debt was satisfied; called also a pocket judgment. It is now fallen into disuse. Tomlins.
Bouvier. Statute mile. See under Mile. Statute of limitations (Law), a statute assigned
a certain time, after which rights can not be enforced by action. Statute staple, a bond of record
acknowledged before the mayor of the staple, by virtue of which the creditor may, on nonpayment, forthwith
have execution against the body, lands, and goods of the debtor, as in the statute merchant. It is now
Syn. Act; regulation; edict; decree. See Law.
(Stat"u*to*ry) a. Enacted by statute; depending on statute for its authority; as, a statutory provision.
(Staunch Staunch"ly, Staunch"ness), etc. See Stanch, Stanchly, etc.
(Stau"ro*lite) n. [Gr. a cross + -lite.] (Min.) A mineral of a brown to black color occurring in
prismatic crystals, often twinned so as to form groups resembling a cross. It is a silicate of aluminia and
iron, and is generally found imbedded in mica schist. Called also granatite, and grenatite.
(Stau`ro*lit"ic) a. (Min.) Of or pertaining to staurolite; resembling or containing staurolite.
(Stau"ro*scope) n. [Gr. a cross + -scope.] (Crystallog.) An optical instrument used in
determining the position of the planes of light-vibration in sections of crystals.
(Stau"ro*tide) n. [F. staurotide, from Gr. cruciform (from Gr. a cross) + form.] (Min.) Staurolite.
(Stave) n. [From Staff, and corresponding to the pl. staves. See Staff.]
1. One of a number of narrow strips of wood, or narrow iron plates, placed edge to edge to form the
sides, covering, or lining of a vessel or structure; esp., one of the strips which form the sides of a cask, a
2. One of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel; one of the bars or rounds of a rack, a ladder, etc.
3. A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
Let us chant a passing staveWordsworth.
In honor of that hero brave.
4. (Mus.) The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or
pointed; the staff. [Obs.]
Stave jointer, a machine for dressing the edges of staves.
(Stave), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Staved or Stove ; p. pr. & vb. n. Staving.] [From Stave, n., or