forestay
Noun

forestay (plural forestays)

  1. (nautical) A stay that extends from the top of the foremast to the bow or bowsprit of a sailing ship
Verb

forestay (forestays, present participle forestaying; past and past participle forestayed)

  1. (transitive) To stay beforehand; secure or fasten with or as with a forestay.
Verb

forestay (forestays, present participle forestaying; past and past participle forestayed)

  1. (transitive) To stay, delay, postpone, or hinder beforehand; forestall; prevent.
    • 1954, Osteopathic Magazine - Volumes 41-42 - Page 75:
      It is reasonable to suppose that further research into the complex bio-chemistry of the blood will result in more satisfactory substitutes for plasma than are now available and thereby death may be more easily forestayed.



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