Nautical A rope or chain familiar with steady the bowsprit of a ship.
a good rope or sequence rigging running from the end for the bowsprit on ship's stem or cutwater
A rope or chain to confine the bowsprit of a ship downward toward stem or cutwater; -- typically within the pl.
Nautical, 1 of 2 or three ropes or chains extending from exterior end for the bowsprit into cut-water. Their particular purpose is to keep the bowsprit down in its place, and counteract the upward strain exerted by the headstays.