Pronunciation: (krôs'staf", -stäf", kros'-), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/cross-staff.html on line 71 [key]
—pl. -staffs, -staves. Astron.
an instrument for measuring the angle of elevation of heavenly bodies, consisting of a calibrated staff with another shorter staff perpendicular to and sliding on it. Also called forestaff, Jacob's staff.
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