Meaning of jackstay

jack•stay

Pronunciation: ( jak'stā"), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. a rod or batten, following a yard, gaff, or boom, to which one edge of a sail is bent.
  2. a rail for guiding the movement of the hanks of a sail.
  3. a transverse stay for stiffening a mast having a gaff sail, coming downward and outward from the head of the mast, passing over a spreader at the level of the gaff, then inclining inward to the mast again near the foot.
  4. See
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.