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[fawr-stey, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌsteɪ, ˈfoʊr-/
a stay leading aft and upward from the stem or knightheads of a vessel to the head of the fore lower mast; the lowermost stay of a foremast.
a stay leading aft and upwards toward the mainmast of a sloop, knockabout, cutter, ketch, yawl, or dandy.
Origin of forestay
First recorded in 1325-75, forestay is from the Middle English word forstay. See fore-, stay3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Needless to say, we had hoisted no lantern on the forestay since the night the other boats had driven away from us or gone down.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A little above her forestay a small window, uncurtained and brightly lit, broke the long stretch of featureless black wall.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • They had hung a red light on the forestay, and a white light over her port quarter, and lights flitted about her gangway.

  • The next moment he had reached out a hand, caught hold of the One-and-All's forestay, and swung himself out into the darkness.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The three who escaped and afterwards gave evidence, saved themselves by climbing up the forestay and hiding in the top.

    Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh Augustus F. Lindley
  • Then the lantern in the forestay bobbed down and up, and he came back to where Trask stood.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • A lantern was hoisted on the forestay, and all hands were soon asleep.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • Her mast was stepped amidships, well set up by forestay, and by a couple of shrouds on either gunwale.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • A lamp hung on the forestay as a beacon for the boats and one could see the sweep of planks and line of the rail.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • They hung a red light on the forestay and a white light over her port quarter, and lights flitted about her gangway.

    Sea Stories Various
British Dictionary definitions for forestay


(nautical) an adjustable stay leading from the truck of the foremast to the deck, stem, or bowsprit, for controlling the motion or bending of the mast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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