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fore

1. short for foremast
2. fore and aft located at or directed towards both ends of a vessel
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fore

[fȯr]
(naval architecture)
The front part of a ship.
In the direction of or toward the bow.
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References in classic literature ?
There was a rush of sailors across the wreckage of the fore- topmast to the forecastle to pack their bags.
I did not see what went on elsewhere, though I felt the sudden surge and heel of the schooner as the wind-pressures changed to the jibing of the fore- and main-sails.