Backstay meaning

băkstā
A rope or shroud extending from the top of a mast aft to a ship's side or stern to help support the mast.
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A supporting device at or for the back of something else.
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A stay extending aft from a masthead to the side or stern of a vessel.
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(nautical) A part of the rigging of a sailing ship extending from masthead the top of the mast to the back of the ship; they support the strain on all upper masts and provide additional support to the shrouds when the wind is abaft the beam.
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