Webster 1913 Edition
faranto go. See
Journey; way; method of proceeding.
[Obs.]“Follow him and his fore.”
In the part that precedes or goes first; – opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.
Formerly; previously; afore.
[Obs. or Colloq.]
foreduteous, now converted are.
In or towards the bows of a ship.
Fore and aft
from stem to stern; lengthwise of the vessel; – in distinction from athwart.
R. H. Dana, Jr.–
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
forepart of a garment; the
forepart of the day; the
foreand of a wagon.
The free will of the subject is preserved, while it is directed by the
forepurpose of the state.
☞ Fore is much used adjectively or in composition.
a reservoir or canal between a mill race and a water wheel; the discharging end of a pond or mill race.–
the part of a ship forward of the largest cross-section, distinguished from–
a receptacle in the front of a vehicle, for stowing baggage, etc.–
the pommel of a saddle.
a cabin in the fore part of a ship, usually with inferior accommodations.–
The forward part of the running gear of a four-wheeled vehicle.
A small carriage at the front end of a plow beam.–
the lowermost sail on the foremost of a square-rigged vessel; the foresail. See Illust. under–
the front edge of a book or folded sheet, etc.–
The end which precedes; the earlier, or the nearer, part; the beginning.
In firearms, the wooden stock under the barrel, forward of the trigger guard, or breech frame.–
a girth for the fore part (of a horse, etc.); a martingale.–
a sledge hammer, working alternately, or in time, with the hand hammer.–
one of the front legs of a quadruped, or multiped, or of a chair, settee, etc.–
the angle within a ship’s bows; the portion of the hold which is farthest forward.–
a front piece, as the flap in the fore part of a sidesaddle, to guard the rider's dress.–
a carpenter's plane, in size and use between a jack plane and a smoothing plane.
in Scotland, rent payable before a crop is gathered.–
the forward portion of a rowboat; the space beyond the front thwart. See–
A bank in advance of a sea wall, to break the force of the surf.
The seaward projecting, slightly inclined portion of a breakwater.
The part of the shore between high and low water marks.–
that one of the two sights of a gun which is near the muzzle.–
the tackle on the foremast of a ship.–
Fore-topmast, in the Vocabulary.
a favorable wind.
the antediluvian world.
The front; hence, that which is in front; the future.
At the fore
at the fore royal masthead; – said of a flag, so raised as a signal for sailing, etc.–
To the fore.
In advance; to the front; to a prominent position; in plain sight; in readiness for use.
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?”
Before; – sometimes written 'fore as if a contraction of afore or before.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.
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.