Verge-staff meaning

Alternative spelling of verge staff.
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(clock making) The metal bar with two pallets that drive the crown wheel in a verge escapement.
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(nautical) A flag pole that protrudes from a low deck off the back of a ship.
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Origin of verge-staff

  • Originally just verge (from Latin virga staff/rod), acquired the extra staff for clarity.
    From Wiktionary