back·​stay | \ ˈbak-ˌstā How to pronounce backstay (audio) \

Definition of backstay

1 : a stay extending aft from a masthead
2 : a strengthening or supporting device at the back (as of a carriage or a shoe)

Examples of backstay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, backstay cables that ran from the tower to the ground came loose and swung around wildly. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of backstay

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backstay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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