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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Forestaff  \Fore"staff`\,  n.  (Naut.) 
  An  instrument  formerly  used  at  sea  for  taking  the  altitudes 
  of  heavenly  bodies,  now  superseded  by  the  sextant;  --  called 
  also  {cross-staff}.  --Brande  &  C.