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Webster 1913 Edition


Forestaff

Fore′staffˊ

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Noun.
(Naut.)
An instrument formerly used at sea for taking the altitudes of heavenly bodies, now superseded by the sextant; – called also
cross-staff
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Brande & C.

Webster 1828 Edition


Forestaff

FO'REST'AFF

,
Noun.
An instrument used at sea, for taking the altitudes of heavenly bodies; called also cross-staff.

Definition 2022


forestaff

forestaff

English

Noun

forestaff (plural forestaffs or forestaves)

  1. (nautical) An instrument formerly used at sea for taking the altitudes of heavenly bodies, later replaced by the sextant.
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