[fawr, fohr] /fɔr, foʊr/
situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
Nautical. at or toward the bow.
the forepart of anything; front.
the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
Also, ‘fore. Informal. .
fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
to the fore,
[fawr, fohr] /fɔr, foʊr/
(used as a cry of warning to persons on a course who are in danger of being struck by the ball.)
a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.), “front,” “superior,” etc.:
forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman.
(usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the front: the forelegs of a horse
the front part
something located at, in, or towards the front
short for foremast
fore and aft, located at or directed towards both ends of a vessel: a fore-and-aft rig
to the fore
at or towards a ship’s bow
a less common word for before
(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
before in time or rank: foresight, forefather, foreman
at or near the front; before in place: forehead, forecourt
Old English fore (prep.) “before, in front of;” (adv.) “before, previously,” common Germanic (cf. Old High German fora, Old Frisian fara, German vor, Gothic faiura, Old Norse fyrr “for”); from PIE *pr-, from root *per- (1) “forward, through” (see per).
As a noun, from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.
mid-15c., “forward;” late 15c., “former, earlier;” early 16c., “at the front;” all senses apparently from fore- compounds, which frequently were written as two words in Middle English.
from fore (adv.), which was used as a prefix in Old English and other Germanic languages with a sense of “before in time, rank, position,” etc., or designating the front part or earliest time.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fore fore and aft
[fawr-uh nd-aft, -ahft, fohr-] /ˈfɔr əndˈæft, -ˈɑft, ˈfoʊr-/ Nautical adjective 1. located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern. adverb 2. 1 (def 10).
[fawr-uh nd-af-ter, ahf-, fohr-] /ˈfɔr əndˈæf tər, ˈɑf-, ˈfoʊr-/ noun 1. Nautical. 2. (def 2). noun (nautical) 1. any vessel with a fore-and-aft rig 2. a double-ended vessel
- Fore-and-aft rig
noun, Nautical. 1. a rig in which the principal sails are fore-and-aft.
- Fore-and-aft sail
noun 1. any of various sails, as jib-headed sails, gaff sails, lugsails, lateen sails, spritsails, staysails, and jibs, that do not set on yards and whose normal position, when not trimmed, is in a fore-and-aft direction amidships.