fore-stay

forestay

[fawr-stey, fohr-]
noun
1.
a stay leading aft and upward from the stem or knightheads of a vessel to the head of the fore lower mast; the lowermost stay of a foremast.
2.
a stay leading aft and upwards toward the mainmast of a sloop, knockabout, cutter, ketch, yawl, or dandy.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English forstay. See fore-, stay3

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forestay (ˈfɔːˌsteɪ)
 
n
nautical an adjustable stay leading from the truck of the foremast to the deck, stem, or bowsprit, for controlling the motion or bending of the mast

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