Definition of backstay in English:

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backstay

Pronunciation: /ˈbakstā/

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.
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