forestay

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fore·stay

 (fôr′stā′)
n. Nautical
A stay extending forward and down from the foremost mast to the deck or bowsprit of a sailing vessel.

forestay

(ˈfɔːˌsteɪ)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical an adjustable stay leading from the truck of the foremast to the deck, stem, or bowsprit, for controlling the motion or bending of the mast

fore•stay

(ˈfɔrˌsteɪ, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
the lowermost stay of a foremast.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forestay - an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast
mainstay - the forestay that braces the mainmast
stay - (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
Translations

forestay

n (Naut) → Fockstag nt

forestay

[ˈfɔːˌsteɪ] n (Naut) → strallo di trinchetto
References in classic literature ?
When they had come inside the harbour they furled the sails and laid them in the ship's hold; they slackened the forestays, lowered the mast into its place, and rowed the ship to the place where they would have her lie; there they cast out their mooring-stones and made fast the hawsers.
First they unfastened the sheets and let down the sail and lowered the mast by the forestays upon the mast- rest.
The hugely supported cutter rig has six shrouds, twin backstays and twin forestays, and there is a Hoyt staysail boom for self-tacking and poling out twin headsails.