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 disused. Blackstone.

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 pail, etc.

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 stave
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 Staff, n.]

2. An act of a corporation or of its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law; as, the statutes of a university.

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.

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