What does Backstay mean?

Backstay meaning in General Dictionary

A rope or stay extending from the masthead to the side of a ship slanting some aft to assist the shrouds in supporting the mast

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  • a stay that supports the back of one thing
  • A rope or remain extending from the masthead to the side of a ship, slanting a little aft, to help the shrouds in giving support to the mast.
  • a line or strap accustomed avoid exorbitant forward movement.

Backstay meaning in Sports Dictionary

The rigging that prevents the mast from dancing. It stretches from the top of the mast toward stern. (recreation: Yachting)


Backstay meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A rope or remain extending from the masthead aside of a ship, slanting slightly aft, to help the shrouds in supporting the mast.

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  • (letter.) A rope or strap familiar with avoid excessive forward movement.