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ensign staff

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  1. a staff at the stern of a vessel at which the ensign is flown.

Origin of ensign staff

First recorded in 1700–10
Also called poop staff.
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Examples from the Web for ensign staff

Historical Examples

  • For a moment the ensign-staff shook in his hands, as if whipped by a gale.

    Fort Amity

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • 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

  • 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