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from The Century Dictionary.

  • Nautical, said of the anchor when, in heaving in, the cable forms such an angle with the surface of the water as to appear to be in a line with the stays of the ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb (Naut.) An anchor is said to be astay, when, in heaving it, an acute angle is formed between the cable and the surface of the water.

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  • adverb nautical Of an anchor, such that in heaving it, an acute angle is formed between the cable and the surface of the water.

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