forestay definition by Webster's New World
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a rope or cable reaching from the head of a ship's foremast to the bowsprit, for supporting the foremast
Origin: Middle English forstay: see fore- and amp; stay
forestay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A stay extending from the head of the foremast to the bowsprit of a ship.