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Definition of fore-and-aft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lying, running, or acting in the general line of the length of a construction (such as a ship or a house) : longitudinal
2 : having no square sails

fore and aft


Definition of fore and aft (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : lengthwise of a ship : from stem to stern
2 : in, at, or toward both the bow and stern
3 : in or at the front and back or the beginning and end

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Fifty-foot sweeps, fore and aft, are used to guide the craft. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Second-row seats slid fore and aft nine inches for more cargo or leg room, and folding the 40/20/40 seatbacks flat opened up 70 cubic feet of cargo space. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan Rogue proves to be a popular compact crossover for US consumers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 Both seats move fore and aft to make more room for third-row passengers or to maximize second-row legroom. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Buick redesigns the Enclave crossover for 2018, adding high-end Avenir trim | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Apr. 2018 The rear seat also reclines and has 8 inches of fore and aft travel. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "First drive: 2019 Ram 1500 pickup gets the jump on new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra," 16 Mar. 2018 The right rear seat passenger could move the front passenger seat fore and aft as needed for more legroom, with buttons on the front seatback or the rear center armrest. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Genesis G90 is a loaded luxury sedan from Hyundai’s new premium brand | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 Feb. 2018 The Snugli, for instance, patented in 1969, is supported by photographs showing diverse cultural iterations of baby slings worn fore and aft, as well as a kangaroo with a baby in its pouch. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Items: Is Fashion Modern?’ Review: A Sociology Class on Iconic Items," 16 Oct. 2017 The bench seat slides fore and aft 60/40, captain’s chairs slide individually, and both bench and captain’s chairs have reclining backs for extra comfort. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Chevrolet’s Traverse big crossover gets a complete makeover for 2018," 30 Sep. 2017 The final page of our search revealed a multi-panel comic depicting various characters riding a bicycle modified with propeller blades fore and aft. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Help Find Historic Cartoons in World War I-era Newspapers," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fore-and-aft


1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fore-and-aft was circa 1618

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Kids Definition of fore-and-aft

: being in line with the length of a ship fore-and-aft sails

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