backstay


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back·stay

 (băk′stā′)
n.
1. A rope or cable extending from the top of a mast aft to a vessel's side or stern to help support the mast.
2. A supporting device at or for the back of something else.

backstay

(ˈbækˌsteɪ)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical a stay leading aft from the upper part of a mast to the deck or stern
2. (Mechanical Engineering) machinery a supporting piece or arresting part
3. anything that supports or strengthens the back of something, such as leather covering the back seam of a shoe

back•stay2

(ˈbækˌsteɪ)

n.
any of various shrouds that reinforce a ship's masts against forward pull.
[1620–30; back1 + stay3]

back•stay1

(ˈbækˌsteɪ)

n.
1. a supporting or checking piece in a mechanism.
2. a strip of leather at the back of a shoe, usu. serving as reinforcement.
[1860–65; back1 + stay2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backstay - a stay that supports the back of something
stay - (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
Translations

backstay

[ˈbækˌsteɪ] n (Naut) → paterazzo
References in classic literature ?
I had to cling tight to the backstay, and the world turned giddily before my eyes, for though I was a good enough sailor when there was way on, this standing still and being rolled about like a bottle was a thing I never learned to stand without a qualm or so, above all in the morning, on an empty stomach.
I stuck to the ship till the sea knocked her sides from her keel (which drifted about by itself) and struck the mast out of her in the direction of the keel; but there was a backstay of stout ox-thong still hanging about it, and with this I lashed the mast and keel together, and getting astride of them was carried wherever the winds chose to take me.
Ere the cry could go aft Steelkilt was shaking one of the backstays leading far aloft to where two of his comrades were standing their mast-heads.
It is the first B2P bridge with a loaded backstay, and the first B2P suspension bridge to require wind guys.
He secured keeper Nicky Weaver on a new deal until the end of the season and he believes having such an experienced shot-stopper as backstay up is keeping regular glovesman Jamie Langfield at the peak of his game.
Miscellaneous steel items: Handrails (straight and stair), ladders (with and without safety cages), gratings, chequered plates, stair and stair tread backstay holders and electrostatic precipitator components, skids and ducts.
When he said that "they had to their backstay friends and receptors, all the country of Merioneth and Powysland", it was a clear dig at the Foelas family who controlled Ysbyty Ifan and were the local rivals of the Wynns.
I left off, gentlemen, where the Lakeman shook the backstay.
All include a backstay design that virtually eliminates weld failures common with other portable soccer goals.