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backstay

[′bak‚stā]
(engineering)
A supporting cable that prevents a more or less vertical object from falling forward.
A spring used to keep together the cutting edges of purchase shears.
A rod that runs from either end of a carriage's rear axle to the reach.
A leather strip that covers and strengthens a shoe's back seam.
(graphic arts)
A rope or strap that keeps the carriage of a hand printing press from moving too far forward.
(naval architecture)
A rope, wire, or cable that runs from the top of a mast to the side of a ship and slants a little aft.
(textiles)
A bar having a glass rod on its top that runs across a loom beneath the lowest motion of the warp yarns.
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Structural steel: All kinds of structural steel buildings, pipe racks, equipment support structures, duct work, backstays, chimneys and stacks according to AISC manual for steel construction;
Ere the cry could go aft Steelkilt was shaking one of the backstays leading far aloft to where two of his comrades were standing their mastheads.
Colin explains: "One of the main ropes holding a ship's mast is called a backstay.
A spokeswoman for Beaumaris RNLI said the yacht, with just the owner on board, lost its mast when the backstay broke.
Ambush2 has a carbon Hall Spars NZ mast (alloy boom) held up by Nitronic rod standing rigging, with twin top Dynex top mast backstay.
The sail plan uses a symmetrical spinnaker, furling system and features and adjustable backstay.
On deck, the alloy rig is strongly held by wire rigging with tie rods into the hull grid plus a double backstay (with hydraulic option).
Standing rigging has outboard wire shrouds (on rather small bottlescrews) and an adjustable backstay was fitted to our review boat.
The rewarding aspect of sailing these boats comes down to the quality and style of the deck gear that allows better control over the sail plan, so typically includes mainsheet traveller, backstay tensioners, high speed winches and a myriad of sail plans.