Definition of miss stays in English:

miss stays

  • (Of a sailing ship) fail in an attempt to go about from one tack to another.
    More example sentences
    • Despite carrying topsails she misses stays when we try and come about and I am forced to wear ship.
    • In working out, the ship missed stays, and was driven amongst the rocks, where she was wrecked.
    • A vessel is said to miss stays when she fails to get through the wind whilst going about and ends up hung in irons.
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