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n. Nautical
A rope, chain, or rod that exerts downward tension on a bowsprit to counteract the pull of the forestay.
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(Nautical Terms) a strong stay between a bowsprit and the stem of a vessel for holding down the bowsprit
[C18: perhaps from bob1 + stay3]
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a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater.
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