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bobstay

[bob-stey] /ˈbɒbˌsteɪ/
noun, Nautical.
1.
a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater.
Origin of bobstay
1750-1760
First recorded in 1750-60; bob1 + stay3
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  • Iron plates by which the lower end of the bobstay is attached to the stem.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Lowering himself from the port bow into the water, he clung to the bobstay.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
  • The Kanaka caught the bobstay, climbed over the bow, and crawled aft.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • Twice in my life I have had men anchor the boat on the bobstay.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • You cannot make your bobstay too strong or fasten it too securely.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • It parted in a sea-way, and the shock broke the bobstay shackle.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • Twice we come within a bobstay of all goin' to Old Davy's store-house.

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
  • I believe the fisherman with me was drowned, but I clung to the bobstay and was got on board.

    One of the 28th

    G. A. Henty
  • The chain plates, and the shrouds where they go over the mast should be looked at, and also the bobstay and other headgear.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • bobstay—A rope generally of wire extending from the end of the bowsprit to the stem to hold the spar down.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
British Dictionary definitions for bobstay

bobstay

/ˈbɒbˌsteɪ/
noun
1.
a strong stay between a bowsprit and the stem of a vessel for holding down the bowsprit
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from bob1 + stay³
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