Definition of Forestay

1. Noun. An adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast.

Specialized synonyms: Mainstay
Generic synonyms: Stay



Definition of Forestay

1. n. A large, strong rope, reaching from the foremast head to the bowsprit, to support the mast. See Illust. under Ship.

Definition of Forestay

1. Noun. (nautical) A stay that extends from the top of the foremast to the bow or bowsprit of a sailing ship ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To stay beforehand; secure or fasten with or as with a forestay. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To stay, delay, postpone, or hinder beforehand; forestall; prevent. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Forestay

1. a wire or rope used to support a foremast [n -STAYS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Forestay

forestall
forestallable
forestalled
forestaller
forestallers
forestalling
forestallingly
forestallment
forestallments
forestalls
forestals
forestart
forestation
forestations
forestaves
forestay (current term)
forestays
forestaysail
forestaysails
foreste
forested
forested areas or land
forester
foresters
forestes
forestial
forestick
foresticks
forestier's disease
forestiera

Literary usage of Forestay

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Damage was also done to the plank sheer and deck frame, and the capstan and some of the deck plank were broken, the forestay-sail split, and the butts of ..."

2. A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing by Dixon Kemp, Brooke Heckstall-Smith (1900)
"This jib roller is made of yellow pine, and has a hole right through it for the forestay to lead through. As this hole cannot well be bored, ..."

3. The Cruise of the "Falcon": A Voyage to South America in a 30-ton Yacht by Edward Frederick Knight (1884)
"I must explain that the Falcon's bowsprit runs straight over the top of her stem amidships, and that the forestay leads to the bowsprit ..."

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