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backstay


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Backstay  \Back"stay`\,  n.  [Back,  a.  orn.+  stay.] 
  1.  (Naut.)  A  rope  or  stay  extending  from  the  masthead  to  the 
  side  of  a  ship,  slanting  a  little  aft,  to  assist  the 
  shrouds  in  supporting  the  mast.  [  Often  used  in  the 
  plural.] 
 
  2.  A  rope  or  strap  used  to  prevent  excessive  forward  motion. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  backstay 
  n  :  supports  the  back  of  something 




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