jack·​stay ˈjak-ˌstā How to pronounce jackstay (audio)
: an iron rod, wooden bar, or wire rope along a yard of a ship to which the sails are fastened
: a support of wood, iron, or rope running up a mast on which the parrel of a yard travels

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jackstay was circa 1840

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“Jackstay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackstay. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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