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 for Stay holes
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.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

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