from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as jumper-stays.
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The MASTER will see that the number of fighting-stoppers, whips for preventer-stays, preventer-braces, slings for yards and gaffs, relieving-tackles, and other articles in his division which are directed, are all fitted and ready for use in action.
They would then have rigged preventer-stays and shrouds on their shaky spars, had there been time; but there was not.
The foremast bent so much under the pressure that Stephen had to order preventer-stays to be rove.
The next thing to be done was to secure the tents with preventer-stays, as the seamen called them.
Notwithstanding this advantage, however, it was found expedient to get up preventer-stays, and to give the spars all the additional support could be conveniently bestowed.