verge staff

verge staff
a) The metal bar with two pallets that drive the crown wheel in a .
b) A flag pole that protrudes from a low deck off the back of a ship.

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  • Verge — Verge, n. [F. verge, L. virga; perhaps akin to E. wisp.] 1. A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean. [1913 Webster] 2. The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verge — verge1 [vʉrj] n. [ME < OFr, rod, wand, stick, yard, hoop < L virga, twig, rod, wand < IE * wizga < base * wei , to bend, twist > WIRE, WHISK] 1. a) the edge, brink, or margin (of something): also used figuratively [the verge of the …   English World dictionary

  • verge — verge1 /verrj/, n., v., verged, verging. n. 1. the edge, rim, or margin of something: the verge of a desert; to operate on the verge of fraud. 2. the limit or point beyond which something begins or occurs; brink: on the verge of a nervous… …   Universalium

  • verge — I [[t]vɜrdʒ[/t]] n. v. verged, verg•ing 1) the limit beyond which something begins or occurs; brink: on the verge of a nervous breakdown[/ex] 2) the edge or margin of something: the verge of a desert[/ex] 3) a limiting belt, strip, or border of… …   From formal English to slang

  • verge — I. /vɜdʒ / (say verj) noun 1. the edge, rim, or margin of something. 2. the limit or point beyond which something begins or occurs: to be on the verge of tears. 3. a limiting belt, strip, or border of something. 4. the cleared levelled space… …  

  • Verge — The verge was that area which stretched for 12 miles around wherever it was the itinerant royal household happened to be; because the household was always on the move, the boundaries of the verge were constantly moving. The marshal of the… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • verge — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, rod, measuring rod, margin, from Anglo French, rod, area of jurisdiction, from Latin virga twig, rod, line Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) a rod or staff carried as an emblem of authority or symbol of office (2)… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • verge — Synonyms and related words: about to, abut, abut on, adjoin, aim, approach, armory, badge, badge of office, badges, bank, baton, be contiguous, be in contact, bear, befringe, bend to, bias, bind, blazonry, board, border, border line, border on,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • staff — 1. noun 1) there is a reluctance to take on new staff Syn: employees, workers, workforce, personnel, human resources, manpower, labor 2) he carried a wooden staff Syn: stick, stave, pole, crook …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • staff — Synonyms and related words: British Cabinet, Malacca cane, Sanhedrin, US Cabinet, accouter, advisory body, advocate, alpenstock, appoint, arm, armory, assembly, association, athletic supporter, back, backbone, backing, badge, badge of office,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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