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backstay Syllabification: back·stay
Pronunciation: /ˈbakstā/

Definition of backstay in English:


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

concertante • commedia dell'arte, écarté, Jubilate

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