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forestay

[fawr-stey, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌsteɪ, ˈfoʊr-/
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 of forestay
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English forstay. See fore-, stay3
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British Dictionary definitions for forestay

forestay

/ˈfɔːˌsteɪ/
noun
1.
(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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