American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A stay extending from the head of the foremast to the bowsprit of a ship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a strong rope (now generally of wire, and double) extending forward from the head of the foremast to the knight-heads to support the mast.
- n. nautical A stay that extends from the top of the foremast to the bow or bowsprit of a sailing ship
- v. transitive To stay beforehand; secure or fasten with or as with a forestay.
- v. transitive To stay, delay, postpone, or hinder beforehand; forestall; prevent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A large, strong rope, reaching from the foremast head to the bowsprit, to support the mast. See
- n. an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast
- From fore- + stay (“to hold off, postpone, delay”). (Wiktionary)
“We had to adjust the lengths of strops from which our so-called forestay hangs several times in order to create the right bend in the mast again.”
“• New watertight bulkhead glassed in to hold new inner forestay chainplate”
“In fact, because I have an overcautious habit of pulling up the storm jib on the inner forestay whenever the weather forecast is bad and the wind rises above about 25 knots, I can actually claim to have left the safety of the cockpit in over 35 knots of wind only once.”
“Set foresail and forestay – sail and steered south – east by south.”
“The bow is long, and curves into a lofty stem, like that of a Roman galley, finished with a beak head, to secure the forestay of the mast.”
“Burke and Sandon proceeded to tie a rope round his waist, which they afterwards fastened to the forestay; then, in a way which provoked shouts of laughter from their mates, they gave the unfortunate man a shove, and sent him rolling down like a bundle of dirty clothes on to the forecastle.”
“The forestay is attached to the stem fitting, an integral part of the bow construction.”
“There are four major parts of the rig that may fail: the mast, forestay, backstay, and shrouds.”
“If the foresails are labeled according to their foot length relative to the distance between the mast and forestay, then percentages are used-100 percent, 120 percent, 150 percent, etc.”
“As the sail drops to the deck, one of the crew pulls the luff of the sail down the forestay.”
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