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Nautical Term:

jack stay, jackstay (n)

Definition:

1) On a square rigged ship, a wire from end to end on a yard to which the sail is laced.
2) A metal bar fastened to the mast as a track for the parrel of a yard to slide up when a squaresail is being hoisted. 3) A short stay forward of the masthead to provide stiffness and support aloft and counteract the weight and strain of the sail. 4) Any mast stay that does not extend to the deck.

Read also:

standing rigging (n) stay (n) stay (v) stays, in stays (adj) staysail (n)
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