fore-and-aft

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adjective \ ˌfȯr-ə-ˈnaft \

Definition of fore-and-aft

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

First Known Use of fore-and-aft

1820


fore and aft

adverb

Definition of fore and aft

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

First Known Use of fore and aft

circa 1618


FORE-AND-AFT Defined for Kids

fore-and-aft

adjective \ ˌfȯr-ə-ˈnaft \

Definition of fore-and-aft for Students

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

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