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backstay1

[bak-stey] /ˈbækˌsteɪ/
noun
1.
Machinery. a supporting or checking piece in a mechanism.
2.
Building Trades. an anchored tension member, as a cable, permanently or temporarily supporting a compression member, as a tower or pole, subject to a pull above its base from the opposite direction.
3.
a strip of leather at the back of a shoe used for reinforcement and sometimes to connect the quarters.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; back1 + stay2

backstay2

[bak-stey] /ˈbækˌsteɪ/
noun
1.
Nautical. any of various shrouds forming part of a vessel's standing rigging and leading aft from masts above a lower mast to the sides or stern of the vessel in order to reinforce the masts against forward pull.
Origin
1620-30; back1 + stay3
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  • The main cable and backstay cables on cableways should consist of wire rope or structural or tramway strand.
British Dictionary definitions for backstay

backstay

/ˈbækˌsteɪ/
noun
1.
(nautical) a stay leading aft from the upper part of a mast to the deck or stern
2.
(machinery) a supporting piece or arresting part
3.
anything that supports or strengthens the back of something, such as leather covering the back seam of a shoe
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