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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 ?
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.
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.
Application ref: R/2012/0882/LB Validation Date: December 3, 2012 Address: Holly House, 60 Westgate, Guisborough, TS13 6AY Proposal: Listed building consent for installation of four metal backstays onto metal railing.
Structural steel: All kinds of structural steel buildings, pipe racks, equipment support structures, duct work, backstays, chimneys and stacks according to AISC manual for steel construction;
Crowd favourite Backstays and Halyards soon followed and the audience began to move, chanting and raising their fists in time with the "woh-oh" gang vocals.
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 mastheads.
Inspect wire halyards and running backstays for ``fishhooks'' and rust.
When I'm racing, it's a different dynamic to solo sailing --racing you are making full use of the running backstays, hoisting spinnakers, and you need a crew to do those things.
I'm very happy to be doing backstays for example, because it's practical.
Brindabella back then had running backstays and the aft winches were underpowered, especially for short tacking duels.
The rig is alloy as standard with a carbon option and is held up by twin (adjustable) backstays and outboard shrouds.