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Backstay

Back′stayˊ

(băk′stāˊ)
,
Noun.
[
Back
, a. or n. +
stay
.]
1.
(Naut.)
A rope or stay extending from the masthead to the side of a ship, slanting a little aft, to assist the shrouds in supporting the mast.
[Often used in the plural.]
2.
A rope or strap used to prevent excessive forward motion.

Definition 2022


backstay

backstay

English

Noun

backstay (plural backstays)

  1. (nautical) A part of the rigging of a sailing ship extending from masthead the top of the mast to the back of the ship; they support the strain on all upper masts and provide additional support to the shrouds when the wind is abaft the beam.

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