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for Hove in stays
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Stay \Stay\ (st[=a]), n. [AS. staeg, akin to D., G., Icel., Sw.,
& Dan. stag; cf. OF. estai, F. ['e]tai, of Teutonic origin.]
A large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being
extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to
some part of the vessel. Those which lead forward are called
fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are
called backstays. See Illust. of Ship.
In stays, or Hove in stays (Naut.), in the act or
situation of staying, or going about from one tack to
another. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
Stay holes (Naut.), openings in the edge of a staysail
through which the hanks pass which join it to the stay.
Stay tackle (Naut.), a tackle attached to a stay and used
for hoisting or lowering heavy articles over the side.
To miss stays (Naut.), to fail in the attempt to go about.
Triatic stay (Naut.), a rope secured at the ends to the
heads of the foremast and mainmast with thimbles spliced
to its bight into which the stay tackles hook.
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