Share this entry

Share this page

backstay

Syllabification: back·stay
Pronunciation: /ˈbakstā
 
/

Definition of backstay in English:

noun

A stay on a sailing ship leading downward and aft from the top or upper part of a mast.
Example sentences
  • The 7.5 m long anchor span consists of a 10 m wide, 9 m deep posttensioned central box girder that houses anchorages for the backstays.
  • The rig is a simple deck-stepped mast-head sloop with single upper shrouds and spreaders, double lower shrouds and split backstay.
  • The only real noise was the sheets screeching through the blocks and the deafening creak when one running backstay was let off and the other was ground on hard.

Words that rhyme with backstay

concertantecommedia dell'arte, écarté, Jubilate

Definition of backstay in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day odium
Pronunciation: ˈəʊdɪəm
noun
widespread hatred or disgust for someone…