back·​stay ˈbak-ˌstā How to pronounce backstay (audio)
: a stay extending aft from a masthead
: 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 Ideas that were initially analyzed included easing tension off the backstay cables, which would allow the platform to droop toward the dish a bit, reducing the forces on the cables. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 Dec. 2020 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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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backstay was in 1626

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“Backstay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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