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jackstay

jack·stay

jackstay

 
pronunciation:
jaek steI
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a rope or rod along a ship's yard, gaff, or boom to which one edge of a sail is fastened.
definition 2: a rope or rod that runs up and down a ship's mast and guides the yard when raised or lowered.
definition 3: a stay that steadies a ship's mast against the strain of the gaff.