Jacob's staff
Jacob Ja"cob, n. [Cf. F. Jacob. See 2d {Jack}.] A Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven (--Gen. xxviii. 12); -- also called {Israel}. [1913 Webster]

And Jacob said . . . with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two bands. --Gen. xxxii. 9, 10. [1913 Webster]

Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel. --Gen. xxxii. 28. [1913 Webster]

{Jacob's ladder}. (a) (Bot.) A perennial herb of the genus {Polemonium} ({Polemonium c[oe]ruleum), having corymbs of drooping flowers, usually blue. Gray}. (b) (Naut.) A rope ladder, with wooden steps, for going aloft. --R. H. Dana, Jr. (c) (Naut.) A succession of short cracks in a defective spar.

{Jacob's membrane}. See {Retina}.

{Jacob's staff}. (a) A name given to many forms of staff or weapon, especially in the Middle Ages; a pilgrim's staff. [Obs.] --Spenser. (b) (Surveying) See under {Staff}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Jacob's staff — with four transom For the plant known as the ocotillo, sometimes called the Jacob s staff, see ocotillo. The Jacob s staff, also called a cross staff, a ballastella, a fore staff, or a balestilha is used to refer to several things. This can lead… …   Wikipedia

  • Jacob's staff — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jacob's-staff — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun (plural jacob s staffs) Usage: usually capitalized J Etymology: Jacob s staff (pilgrim s staff) 1. : great mullein 2. : a plant of the genus Fouquieria …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jacob's staff — pl. Jacob s staves. 1. Astron. cross staff. 2. Survey. a pole providing a firm support for a compass or other instrument. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • Jacob's staff — noun a rod with a sliding cursor formerly used for measuring distances and heights. Origin C16 (denoting a pilgrim s staff): alluding to St James (Jacobus in eccles. L.), whose symbols are a pilgrim s staff and a scallop shell …   English new terms dictionary

  • Jacob's staff — n. 1 a surveyor s iron shod rod used instead of a tripod. 2 an instrument for measuring distances and heights. Etymology: f. the staffs used by Jacob, as described in Gen. 30:37 43 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jacob's staff — /dʒeɪkəbz ˈstaf/ (say jaykuhbz stahf) noun an instrument of ancient origin which has been used for many different purposes such as estimating latitude in navigation, making certain angular measurements in surveying, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • Jacob's ladder — Jacob Ja cob, n. [Cf. F. Jacob. See 2d {Jack}.] A Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven ( Gen. xxviii. 12); also called {Israel}. [1913 Webster] And Jacob said . . . with my… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jacob's membrane — Jacob Ja cob, n. [Cf. F. Jacob. See 2d {Jack}.] A Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven ( Gen. xxviii. 12); also called {Israel}. [1913 Webster] And Jacob said . . . with my… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jacob's Pillow — Infobox nrhp name = Jacob’s Pillow nrhp type = nhld caption = The Ted Shawn Theatre. location = George Carter Rd. Becket, Massachusetts USA nearest city = lat degrees = lat minutes = lat seconds = lat direction = long degrees = long minutes =… …   Wikipedia

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