- any of various lines set up to reinforce or relieve ordinary running or standing rigging.
- a line for preventing a sail from jibbing.
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The blowout preventer sits near the seabed and is the crew's last line of defense against what happened on April 20.
The next thing to be done was to secure the tents with preventer-stays, as the seamen called them.The Missing Ship|W. H. G. Kingston
Preventer stays: Additional ropes set up taut to prevent spars carrying away when a vessel is under a press of canvas.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2|Various
Preventer—A rope used to prevent the straining or breaking of a spar or sail.On Yacht Sailing|Thomas Fleming Day
They would then have rigged preventer-stays and shrouds on their shaky spars, had there been time; but there was not."Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea|Morgan Robertson
They even put preventer stays on the masts and on the boilers to keep them from rolling out of the crazy old wagon.Boy Scouts in the North Sea|G. Harvey Ralphson