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ensign staff

noun
1.
a staff at the stern of a vessel at which the ensign is flown.
Also called poop staff.
Origin of ensign staff
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • But strength beginning to fail, he was satisfied of the necessity of some respite, when he fell in with part of the ensign-staff.

  • A large flag or banner, hoisted on a long pole erected over the stern, and called the ensign-staff.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • For a moment the ensign-staff shook in his hands, as if whipped by a gale.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Also, the small rope to which a flag is fastened, to hoist it to the mast-head, or head of the ensign-staff.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • In large vessels it is an additional aftermost mast; thus any sail set on the ensign-staff would be a jigger.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Thus, at the ensign-staff, it signifies that a man has fallen overboard; if no ensign-staff exists, then half-way up the peak.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • When she struck, a number of men climbed up the ensign-staff, under an apprehension of her immediately going to pieces.

  • When she struck, a number of the men climbed up the ensign-staff, under an apprehension of her immediately going to pieces.

    Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens

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