Definition of forestay in English:

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forestay

Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːsteɪ/

noun

A rope to support a ship’s foremast, running from its top to the deck at the bow.
Example sentences
  • We prefer the ‘old way,’ a light hung near the forestay not too far above the deck.
  • It is an image for all time: tiny figure beneath a sky-scraping mast, Tower Bridge open to salute her, left arm hooked around the forestay with the greatest nonchalance, and right arm raised, fist clenched.
  • By contrast, an inner forestay and staysail can be left in place, ready to go when you need them most.

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Line breaks: fore|stay

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