In stays
Stay Stay (st[=a]), n. [AS. st[ae]g, akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. stag; cf. OF. estai, F. ['e]tai, of Teutonic origin.] (Naut.) A large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to some part of the vessel. Those which lead forward are called fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are called backstays. See Illust. of {Ship}. [1913 Webster]

{In stays}, or {Hove in stays} (Naut.), in the act or situation of staying, or going about from one tack to another. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

{Stay holes} (Naut.), openings in the edge of a staysail through which the hanks pass which join it to the stay.

{Stay tackle} (Naut.), a tackle attached to a stay and used for hoisting or lowering heavy articles over the side.

{To miss stays} (Naut.), to fail in the attempt to go about. --Totten.

{Triatic stay} (Naut.), a rope secured at the ends to the heads of the foremast and mainmast with thimbles spliced to its bight into which the stay tackles hook. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • in stays — adverb 1. : in process of going about from one tack to another 2. : in process of heading into the wind with sails shaking * * * in stays (of a sailing vessel during tacking) hanging with head to windward without moving to the opposite tack • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • in stays — idi naut. navig. (of a fore and aft rigged vessel) heading into the wind with sails shaking, as in coming about …   From formal English to slang

  • Hove in stays — Stay Stay (st[=a]), n. [AS. st[ae]g, akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. stag; cf. OF. estai, F. [ e]tai, of Teutonic origin.] (Naut.) A large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being extended from the head of one mast down to some other …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To heave in stays — Heave Heave (h[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Heaved} (h[=e]vd), or {Hove} (h[=o]v); p. p. {Heaved}, {Hove}, formerly {Hoven} (h[=o] v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Heaving}.] [OE. heven, hebben, AS. hebban; akin to OS. hebbian, D. heffen, OHG. heffan, hevan, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slack in stays — Slack Slack, a. [Compar. {Slacker}; superl. {Slackest}.] [OE. slak, AS. sleac; akin to OS. slak, OHG. slah, Prov. G. schlack, Icel. slakr, Sw. slak; cf. Skr. s[.r]j to let loose, to throw. Cf. {Slake}.] Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slack in stays — adjective of a ship : slow in going about * * * slack in stays (of a ship, etc) slow in going about • • • Main Entry: ↑slack …   Useful english dictionary

  • be in stays — (of a sailing ship) be head to the wind while tacking. → stays …   English new terms dictionary

  • heave in stays — phrasal of a sailing ship : tack …   Useful english dictionary

  • be in stays — (of a sailing ship) be head to the wind while tacking …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stays (nautical) — Stays are the heavy ropes, wires, or rods on sailing vessels that run from the masts to the hull, usually fore and aft along the centerline of the vessel. The stay that runs aft is called backstay and the stay that runs forward is called forestay …   Wikipedia

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