FORE, a. 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.
adj 1: situated at or toward the bow of a vessel [ant: aft] n 1: front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line" [syn: bow, fore, prow, stem] adv 1: near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments" [syn: fore, forward] [ant: abaft, aft, astern]
I. adverbEtymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English forDate: before 12th century 1.obsolete at an earlier time or period 2. in, toward, or near the front ;forwardII. prepositionalso'foreDate: before 12th century 1.chiefly dialectbefore2. in the presence of III. adjectiveEtymology:fore-Date: 15th century 1. situated in front of something else ;forward2. prior in order of occurrence ;formerIV. nounDate: 1637 something that occupies a front position V. interjectionEtymology: probably short for beforeDate: circa 1878 — used by a golfer to warn anyone within range of the probable line of flight of the ball
adj., n., int., & prep. --adj. situated in front. --n. the front part, esp. of a ship; the bow. --int. Golf a warning to a person in the path of a ball. --prep. archaic (in oaths) in the presence of (fore God). Phrases and idioms: come to the fore take a leading part. fore and aft at bow and stern; all over the ship. fore-and-aft adj. (of a sail or rigging) set lengthwise, not on the yards. to the fore in front; conspicuous. Etymology: OE f. Gmc.: (adj. & n.) ME f. compounds with FORE-
Fore Fore, a. [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. Note: 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, distinguisched from middle body abd 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. I have . . . paid More pious debts to heaven, than in all The fore end of my time. --Shak. (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.] Sailed on smooth seas, by fore winds borne. --Sandys. Fore world, the antediluvian world. [R.] --Southey.
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. 2. Formerly; previously; afore. [Obs. or Colloq.] The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are. --Shak. 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 Fore, n. 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.
1. If someone or something comes to the fore in a particular situation or group, they become important or popular. A number of low-budget independent films brought new directors and actors to the fore.PHRASE: PHR after v 2. Fore is used to refer to parts at the front of an animal, ship, or aircraft. There had been no direct damage in the fore part of the ship.= front ADJ: ADJ n