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Webster 1913 Edition


Fore

Fore

(fōr)
,
Noun.
[AS.
fōr
, fr.
faran
to go. See
Fare
,
Verb.
I.
]
Journey; way; method of proceeding.
[Obs.]
“Follow him and his fore.”
Chaucer.

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.
2.
Formerly; previously; afore.
[Obs. or Colloq.]
The eyes,
fore
duteous, now converted are.
Shakespeare
3.
(Naut.)
In or towards the bows of a ship.
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
.

Fore

(fōr)
,
Adj.
[See
Fore
,
adv.
]
Advanced, as compared with something else; toward the front; being or coming first, in time, place, order, or importance; preceding; anterior; antecedent; earlier; forward; – opposed to
back
or
behind
;
as, the
fore
part of a garment; the
fore
part of the day; the
fore
and of a wagon.
The free will of the subject is preserved, while it is directed by the
fore
purpose of the state.
Southey.
Fore is much used adjectively or in composition.
Fore bay
,
a reservoir or canal between a mill race and a water wheel; the discharging end of a pond or mill race.
Fore body
(Shipbuilding)
,
the part of a ship forward of the largest cross-section, distinguished from
middle body
and
after body
.
Fore boot
,
a receptacle in the front of a vehicle, for stowing baggage, etc.
Fore bow
,
the pommel of a saddle.
Knight.
Fore cabin
,
a cabin in the fore part of a ship, usually with inferior accommodations.
Fore carriage
.
(a)
The forward part of the running gear of a four-wheeled vehicle.
(b)
A small carriage at the front end of a plow beam.
Fore course
(Naut.)
,
the lowermost sail on the foremost of a square-rigged vessel; the foresail. See Illust. under
Sail
.
Fore door
.
Same as
Front door
.
Fore edge
,
the front edge of a book or folded sheet, etc.
Fore elder
,
an ancestor.
[Prov. Eng.]
Fore end
.
(a)
The end which precedes; the earlier, or the nearer, part; the beginning.

(b)
In firearms, the wooden stock under the barrel, forward of the trigger guard, or breech frame.
Fore girth
,
a girth for the fore part (of a horse, etc.); a martingale.
Fore hammer
,
a sledge hammer, working alternately, or in time, with the hand hammer.
Fore leg
,
one of the front legs of a quadruped, or multiped, or of a chair, settee, etc.
Fore peak
(Naut.)
,
the angle within a ship’s bows; the portion of the hold which is farthest forward.
Fore piece
,
a front piece, as the flap in the fore part of a sidesaddle, to guard the rider's dress.
Fore plane
,
a carpenter's plane, in size and use between a jack plane and a smoothing plane.
Knight.
Fore reading
,
previous perusal.
[Obs.]
Hales.
Fore rent
,
in Scotland, rent payable before a crop is gathered.
Fore sheets
(Naut.)
,
the forward portion of a rowboat; the space beyond the front thwart. See
Stern sheets
.
Fore shore
.
(a)
A bank in advance of a sea wall, to break the force of the surf.
(b)
The seaward projecting, slightly inclined portion of a breakwater.
Knight.
(c)
The part of the shore between high and low water marks.
Fore sight
,
that one of the two sights of a gun which is near the muzzle.
Fore tackle
(Naut.)
,
the tackle on the foremast of a ship.
Fore topmast
.
(Naut.)
See
Fore-topmast
, in the Vocabulary.
Fore wind
,
a favorable wind.
[Obs.]
Fore world
,
the antediluvian world.
[R.]
Southey.

Fore

,
Noun.
The front; hence, that which is in front; the future.
At the fore
(Naut.)
,
at the fore royal masthead; – said of a flag, so raised as a signal for sailing, etc.
To the fore
.
(a)
In advance; to the front; to a prominent position; in plain sight; in readiness for use.
(b)
In existence; alive; not worn out, lost, or spent, as money, etc.
[Irish]
“While I am to the fore.”
W. Collins.
“How many captains in the regiment had two thousand pounds to the fore?”
Thackeray.

Fore

,
p
rep.
Before; – sometimes written 'fore as if a contraction of afore or before.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Fore

FORE

,
Adj.
1.
Properly, advanced, or being in advance of something in motion or progression; as the fore end of a chain carried in measuring land; the fore oxen or horses in a team.
2.
Advanced in time; coming in advance of something; coming first; anterior; preceding; prior; as the fore part of the last century; the fore part of the day, week or year.
3.
Advanced in order or series; antecedent; as the fore part of a writing or bill.
4.
Being in front or towards the face; opposed to back or behind; as the fore part of a garment.
5.
Going first; usually preceding the other part; as the fore part of a ship, or of a coach.

FORE

,
adv.
In the part that precedes or goes first.
In seamen's language, fore and aft signifies the whole length of the ship, or from end to end, from stem to stern.
Fore, in composition, denotes, for the most part, priority of time; sometimes, advance in place.
For the etymologies of the compounds of fore, see the principal word.

Definition 2022


Fore

Fore

See also: fore, fóre, foré, forè, fôre, főre, and fore-

English

Proper noun

Fore

  1. A people of Papua New Guinea.
  2. Their language.

Anagrams

fore

fore

See also: Fore, fóre, foré, forè, fôre, före, főre, and fore-

English

Adjective

fore (comparative former, superlative foremost)

  1. (obsolete) Former; occurring earlier (in some order); previous. [15th-18th c.]
    the fore part of the day
  2. Forward; situated towards the front (of something). [from 16th c.]
    the fore end of a wagon
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 23:
      Crystal vases with crimson roses and golden-brown asters were set here and there in the fore part of the shop [...].
Antonyms
Translations

Interjection

fore

  1. (golf) An exclamation yelled to inform players a ball is moving in their direction.
Translations

Noun

fore (uncountable)

  1. The front; the forward part of something; the foreground.
    The fore was painted white.
    • 2002, Mark Bevir, The Logic of the History of Ideas:
      People face a dilemma whenever they bring to the fore an understanding that appears inadequate in the light of the other beliefs they bring to bear on it.
Related terms
Translations

Adverb

fore (not comparable)

  1. In the part that precedes or goes first; opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.
  2. (obsolete) Formerly; previously; afore.
    • Shakespeare
      The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are.
  3. (nautical) In or towards the bows of a ship.

Etymology 2

Verb

fore

  1. simple past tense of fare

Anagrams


Cornish

Noun

fore

  1. Mixed mutation of bore.

Esperanto

Etymology

for + -e

Adverb

fore

  1. far away

French

Verb

fore

  1. first-person singular present indicative of forer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of forer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of forer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of forer
  5. second-person singular imperative of forer

Ido

Etymology

for + -e

Adverb

fore

  1. (far) away, afar

Latin

Etymology 1

See foris.

Noun

fore

  1. ablative singular of foris

Etymology 2

Formally present active infinitive corresponding to fui (I have been), irregular perfect indicative of sum (I am). From Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH- (to become, be), cognate with Old English bēo (I become, I will be, I am). In classical Latin, the fu- forms of sum are mostly limited to the perfect tenses, but old Latin has alternate present and imperfect subjunctive forms fuam and forem (for classical sim and essem) suggesting the root could once be fully conjugated. After being incorporated in the conjugation of sum, the meaning of fore shifted from the original "to become" to the classical "to be going to be".

Verb

fore

  1. future active infinitive of sum (in addition to the regular form futūrus esse). Also used in the construction fore ut in place of a future passive infinitive in indirect discourse. For example, Credo fore ut ea laudetur, "I believe she will be praised."

References


Middle English

Noun

fore

  1. fore

Numeral

fore

  1. four

Conjunction

fore

  1. therefore

Welsh

Pronunciation

Noun

fore

  1. Soft mutation of bore (morning).

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
bore fore more unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.