from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A stay extending from the head of the foremast to the bowsprit of a ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stay that extends from the top of the foremast to the bow or bowsprit of a sailing ship
- v. To stay beforehand; secure or fasten with or as with a forestay.
- v. To stay, delay, postpone, or hinder beforehand; forestall; prevent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large, strong rope, reaching from the foremast head to the bowsprit, to support the mast. See Illust. under ship.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast
From fore- + stay (“a stay, rope”). (Wiktionary)
From fore- + stay (“to hold off, postpone, delay”). (Wiktionary)