jackstay
noun Date: circa 1840 1. an iron rod, wooden bar, or wire rope along a yard of a ship to which the sails are fastened 2. a support of wood, iron, or rope running up a mast on which the parrel of a yard travels

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  • Jackstay — Jack stay , n. (Naut.) A rail of wood or iron stretching along a yard of a vessel, to which the sails are fastened. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jackstay — [jak′stā΄] n. [ JACK + STAY1] 1. a rope or rod along a ship s yard, to which the edge of a sail is fastened 2. a rope or rod that runs up and down a ship s mast, along which the yard moves when being hoisted or lowered …   English World dictionary

  • jackstay — /jak stay /, n. Naut. 1. a rod or batten, following a yard, gaff, or boom, to which one edge of a sail is bent. 2. a rail for guiding the movement of the hanks of a sail. 3. a transverse stay for stiffening a mast having a gaff sail, coming… …   Universalium

  • jackstay — noun A stay (rope, bar or batten), running along a ships yard, to which is attached the head of a square sail …   Wiktionary

  • jackstay — iron or wooden bar running along yard of ship to which sails fastened Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • jackstay — jack•stay [[t]ˈdʒækˌsteɪ[/t]] n. 1) navig. a rod or batten, following a yard, gaff, or boom, to which one edge of a sail is bent 2) navig. a rail for guiding the movement of the hanks of a sail • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • jackstay — /ˈdʒæksteɪ/ (say jakstay) noun a rope, rod, or the like, on a yard, used for tying the head of a square sail to the yard, and as a handrail …   Australian English dictionary

  • jackstay — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. a. : an iron rod, wooden bar, or wire rope stretching along a yard of a ship to which the sails are fastened b. : a support of wood, iron, or rope running up and down a mast on which the parrel of a yard travels c. : a reefing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jackstay search — An underwater jackstay search is a search and rescue strategy conducted by two divers swimming along a fixed search line. There are two techniques for performing a jackstay search.The first method involves the divers starting at opposite ends of… …   Wikipedia

  • jackstay search — noun An underwater search conducted by divers who remain in contact with a rope marking the search line. Each time a diver reaches an end of the rope, that end is moved in a set direction. The divers may start together or at opposite ends of the… …   Wiktionary

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