Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

fore–and–aft

play
adjective \ˌfȯr-ə-ˈnaft\

Definition of fore–and–aft

  1. 1 :  lying, running, or acting in the general line of the length of a construction (as a ship or a house) :  longitudinal

  2. 2 :  having no square sails



1820

First Known Use of fore–and–aft

1820


FORE–AND–AFT Defined for Kids

fore–and–aft

play
adjective \ˌfȯr-ə-ˈnaft\

Definition of fore–and–aft for Students

  1. :  being in line with the length of a ship <fore-and-aft sails>




Learn More about fore–and–aft


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fore–and–aft? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

estival vernal brumal hiemal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ