Meaning of forestay

fore•stay

Pronunciation: (fôr'stā", fōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a stay leading aft and upward from the stem or knightheads of a vessel to the head of the fore lower mast; the lowermost stay of a foremast.
  2. a stay leading aft and upwards toward the mainmast of a sloop, knockabout, cutter, ketch, yawl, or dandy.
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