forestay

[ fawr-stey, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌsteɪ, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

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
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forestay

/ (ˈfɔːˌsteɪ) /

noun

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
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