bobstay

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bob·stay

 (bŏb′stā′)
n. Nautical
A rope, chain, or rod that exerts downward tension on a bowsprit to counteract the pull of the forestay.

bobstay

(ˈbɒbˌsteɪ)
n
(Nautical Terms) a strong stay between a bowsprit and the stem of a vessel for holding down the bowsprit
[C18: perhaps from bob1 + stay3]

bob•stay

(ˈbɒbˌsteɪ)

n.
a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater.
[1750–60]