Fore and aft
Fore Fore, adv. [AS. fore, adv. & prep., another form of for. See {For}, and cf. {Former}, {Foremost}.] 1. In the part that precedes or goes first; -- opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Formerly; previously; afore. [Obs. or Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) In or towards the bows of a ship. [1913 Webster]

{Fore and aft} (Naut.), from stem to stern; lengthwise of the vessel; -- in distinction from athwart. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

{Fore-and-aft rigged} (Naut.), not rigged with square sails attached to yards, but with sails bent to gaffs or set on stays in the midship line of the vessel. See {Schooner}, {Sloop}, {Cutter}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fore and aft — Naut. n. 1. from the bow to the stern; lengthwise [sails rigged fore and aft] 2. at, in, or toward both the bow and the stern [lifeboats located fore and aft] * * * …   Universalium

  • fore and aft — Naut. n. 1. from the bow to the stern; lengthwise [sails rigged fore and aft] 2. at, in, or toward both the bow and the stern [lifeboats located fore and aft] …   English World dictionary

  • fore-and-aft — fore and aft; fore and aft·er; …   English syllables

  • fore-and-aft — fore′ and aft′ Naut. 1) naut. navig. located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern 2) naut. navig. fore • Etymology: 1610–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • fore-and-aft — [fôr′ən aft′] adj. Naut. from the bow to the stern; lengthwise or set lengthwise, as sails …   English World dictionary

  • fore and aft — ► ADVERB 1) at the front and rear. 2) backwards and forwards. ► ADJECTIVE 1) backwards and forwards. 2) (of a sail or rigging) set lengthwise, not on the yards …   English terms dictionary

  • fore-and-aft — adjective parallel with the keel of a boat or ship • Similar to: ↑lengthwise, ↑lengthways • Topics: ↑seafaring, ↑navigation, ↑sailing * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymolog …   Useful english dictionary

  • fore-and-aft — /fɔr ən ˈaft/ (say fawr uhn ahft) adjective 1. parallel to the longitudinal axis of a ship. 2. denoting a rig in which the principal sails are set on gaffs, stags, or masts, on the centre line of the vessel. –adverb Also, all fore and aft. 3.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fore-and-aft — /fawr euhnd aft , ahft , fohr /, Naut. adj. 1. located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern. adv. 2. fore1 (def. 7). [1610 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • fore and aft — adverb Date: circa 1618 1. lengthwise of a ship ; from stem to stern 2. in, at, or toward both the bow and stern 3. in or at the front and back or the beginning and end …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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