forestay

Definitions of forestay
  1. noun
    an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast
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    types:
    mainstay
    the forestay that braces the mainmast
    type of:
    stay
    (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
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