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Backstays

BACK'STAYS

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Noun.
[back and stay.]
Long ropes or stays extending from the top-mast heads to both sides of a ship, to assist the shrouds in supporting the mast, when strained by a weight of sail, and prevent it from giving way and falling overboard.

Definition 2023


backstays

backstays

English

Noun

backstays

  1. plural of backstay