Definition for backstay (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for backstay
Setting every shroud and backstay singing shanties to the stars?
It is kept steady by a backstay on each side of the foretopmast-stay.
But Ulysses lashed the keel to the mast with the backstay, and on these he sat, borne by the winds across the sea.Stories of the Old world|Alfred John Church
I felt at times willing to quit my feeble hold of a backstay or shroud, and seek repose by diving into the briny billows beneath.Jack in the Forecastle|John Sherburne Sleeper
He kept his clutch on the backstay with the dizzy notion that this saved him from clutching some one's throat.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day