Before the wind
Before Be*fore", prep. [OE. beforen, biforen, before, AS. beforan; pref. be- + foran, fore, before. See {Be-}, and {Fore}.] 1. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house. [1913 Webster]

His angel, who shall go Before them in a cloud and pillar of fire. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that. [1913 Webster]

Before Abraham was, I am. --John viii. 58. [1913 Webster]

Before this treatise can become of use, two points are necessary. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly before, in this sense, was followed by that. ``Before that Philip called thee . . . I saw thee.'' --John i. 48. [1913 Webster]

3. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time. [1913 Webster]

The golden age . . . is before us. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

4. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than. [1913 Webster]

He that cometh after me is preferred before me. --John i. 15. [1913 Webster]

The eldest son is before the younger in succession. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

5. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing. [1913 Webster]

Abraham bowed down himself before the people. --Gen. xxiii. 12. [1913 Webster]

Wherewith shall I come before the Lord? --Micah vi. 6. [1913 Webster]

6. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of. [1913 Webster]

If a suit be begun before an archdeacon. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

7. Open for; free of access to; in the power of. [1913 Webster]

The world was all before them where to choose. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Before the mast} (Naut.), as a common sailor, -- because the sailors live in the forecastle, forward of the foremast.

{Before the wind} (Naut.), in the direction of the wind and by its impulse; having the wind aft. [1913 Webster]


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  • Before the wind — Wind Wind (w[i^]nd, in poetry and singing often w[imac]nd; 277), n. [AS. wind; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. wind, OHG. wint, Dan. & Sw. vind, Icel. vindr, Goth winds, W. gwynt, L. ventus, Skr. v[=a]ta (cf. Gr. ah ths a blast, gale, ah^nai to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • before the wind — In the direction in which the wind is blowing, and hence helped along by it • • • Main Entry: ↑before before the wind Carried along by the wind • • • Main Entry: ↑wind * * * Sailing with the wind blowing more or less from astern …   Useful english dictionary

  • before the wind — with the wind, in the direction of the wind, with the help of the wind …   English contemporary dictionary

  • before the wind — With the wind, in the direction of the wind …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • before the wind — phrasal in the same direction as the main force of the wind …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • before the wind Sailing — with the wind blowing from astern. → wind …   English new terms dictionary

  • Running Before the Wind — Infobox Book | name = Running Before the Wind title orig = translator = image caption = author = Linda Woolverton cover artist = Darryl Zudeck country = United States language = English series = genre = Young adult novel publisher = Houghton… …   Wikipedia

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  • going before the wind — In the language of mariners and in the rules of navigation, a vessel is said to be going before the wind when the wind is free as respects her course, that is, comes from behind the vessel or over the stern, so that her yards may be braced square …   Black's law dictionary

  • going before the wind — In the language of mariners and in the rules of navigation, a vessel is said to be going before the wind when the wind is free as respects her course, that is, comes from behind the vessel or over the stern, so that her yards may be braced square …   Black's law dictionary

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