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Jacob's staff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Jacob's staff desert shrub of southwestern United States and Mexico having slender naked spiny branches that after the rainy season put forth foliage and clusters of red flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jacob's staff (Surveying) A name given to many forms of staff or weapon, especially in the Middle Ages; a pilgrim's staff
    • Jacob's staff (Surv) a single straight rod or staff, pointed and iron-shod at the bottom, for penetrating the ground, and having a socket joint at the top, used, instead of a tripod, for supporting a compass.
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Usage

In literature:

JACOB'S STAFF, an instrument for taking altitudes and distances.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
JACOB'S STAFF, an instrument for taking altitudes and distances.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
JACOB'S STAFF, an instrument for taking altitudes and distances.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
JACOB'S STAFF, an instrument for taking altitudes and distances.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
JACOB'S STAFF, an instrument for taking altitudes and distances.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Jacob went out from his father's house "with his staff," a poor man.
"The Wonders of Prayer" by Various
The bear again disappeared, taking the Jacob's staff, and appeared no more that night.
"Bears I Have Met--and Others" by Allen Kelly
Suddenly he took up his Jacob's-staff and marched on with a long stride, bearing straight down upon the rocks.
"The Riddle Of The Rocks" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
JACOB'S STAFF, OR CROSS-STAFF.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Suddenly he took up his Jacob's-staff and marched on with a long stride, bearing straight down upon the rocks.
"The Phantoms of the Foot-Bridge and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
The instrument is mounted on a tripod or Jacob's staff by means of a socket on the underside.
"Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers" by Silvio A. Bedini
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In news:

Rabbi Richard Jacobs, newly named Reform leader, at a Champagne toast with staff members he'll be working with at the Union for Reform Judaism 's main offices in Manhattan.
Enlarge Times Staff Photographer View of the closed the Bear Tavern Bridge over Jacob's Creek in Titusville.
OMB Director Jacob J Lew (left) and White House Chief of Staff William Daley (right) flank President Obama during Monday's big personnel announcement at the White House.
Jacob Carpenter/Staff Members of a US Marshals task force Wednesday morning shot and killed Billy Ray Retherford, wanted as a suspect in the July 24 slaying of a San Carlos Park woman, Lee County sheriff's officials said.
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