Bobstay
Bobstay Bob"stay`, n. [Bob + stay.] (Naut.) A rope or chain to confine the bowsprit of a ship downward to the stem or cutwater; -- usually in the pl. [1913 Webster]

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  • bobstay — [bäb′stā΄] n. a rope or chain that extends upward from the stem of a ship to the bowsprit and helps hold the bowsprit in place …   English World dictionary

  • bobstay — /ˈbɒbsteɪ/ (say bobstay) noun Nautical a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater, holding the bowsprit in. {bob1 + stay3} …   Australian English dictionary

  • bobstay — noun Etymology: probably from 2bob Date: 1744 a stay to hold a ship s bowsprit down …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bobstay — /bob stay /, n. Naut. a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater. [1750 60; BOB1 + STAY3] * * * …   Universalium

  • bobstay — noun A strong rope or chain rigging running from the end of the bowsprit to the ships stem or cutwater …   Wiktionary

  • bobstay — rope used on ships to steady the bowsprit Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • bobstay — n. (Nautical) chain or rope used to hold down and stabilize the bowsprit of a ship …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bobstay — noun a rope used to hold down the bowsprit of a ship and keep it steady. Origin C18: prob. from bob1 + stay2 …   English new terms dictionary

  • bobstay — bob·stay …   English syllables

  • bobstay — bob•stay [[t]ˈbɒbˌsteɪ[/t]] n. naut. navig. a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater • Etymology: 1750–60 …   From formal English to slang

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