jackstay

jackstay

[jak-stey]
noun Nautical.
1.
a rod or batten, following a yard, gaff, or boom, to which one edge of a sail is bent.
2.
a rail for guiding the movement of the hanks of a sail.
3.
a transverse stay for stiffening a mast having a gaff sail, coming downward and outward from the head of the mast, passing over a spreader at the level of the gaff, then inclining inward to the mast again near the foot.

Origin:
1830–40; jack1 + stay3

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jackstay (ˈdʒækˌsteɪ)
 
n
1.  a metal rod, wire rope, or wooden batten to which an edge of a sail is fastened along a yard
2.  a support for the parrel of a yard

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