Afore the mast
Afore A*fore", prep. 1. Before (in all its senses). [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) Before; in front of; farther forward than; as, afore the windlass. [1913 Webster]

{Afore the mast}, among the common sailors; -- a phrase used to distinguish the ship's crew from the officers. [1913 Webster]


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  • Afore the mast — Mast Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afore the mast — adverb see before the mast …   Useful english dictionary

  • Before the mast — Mast Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • before the mast — adverb or afore the mast 1. : forward of the foremast 2. : as a common sailor shipped before the mast on a trading ship bound for the Orient * * * before the mast Serving as an ordinary sailor • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mast — Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mast coat — Mast Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mast hoop — Mast Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Afore — A*fore , prep. 1. Before (in all its senses). [Archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) Before; in front of; farther forward than; as, afore the windlass. [1913 Webster] {Afore the mast}, among the common sailors; a phrase used to distinguish the ship… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foremast — Mast Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mainmast — Mast Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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