Fordone to Forehand
(For*done") a. [See Fordo.] Undone; ruined. [Obs.] Spenser.
(For*drive") v. t. To drive about; to drive here and there. [Obs.] Rom. of R.
(For*drunk"en) a. Utterly drunk; very drunk. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(For*dry") a. Entirely dry; withered. [Obs.] "A tree fordry." Chaucer.
(For*dwine") v. i. To dwindle away; to disappear. [Obs.] Rom of R.
(Fore), n. [AS. fr, fr. faran to go. See Fare, v. 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.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) 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.
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.
I have . . . paidShak.
More pious debts to heaven, than in all
The fore end of my time.
(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