- a rod or batten, following a yard, gaff, or boom, to which one edge of a sail is bent.
- a rail for guiding the movement of the hanks of a sail.
- a transverse stay for stiffening a mast having a gaff sail, coming downward and outward from the head of the mast, passing over a spreader at the level of the gaff, then inclining inward to the mast again near the foot.
- jack rod.
Origin of jackstay
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The jackstay was torn from his grasp, and he fell, face downward, into the black void beneath."Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea
- a metal rod, wire rope, or wooden batten to which an edge of a sail is fastened along a yard
- a support for the parrel of a yard
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