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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

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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

Examples of fore-and-aft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Those third row seats now slide fore and aft, to trade legroom for cargo space, but even in their most passenger-friendly position, the 2023 model loses 1.6 inches of legroom to its predecessor. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 8 June 2022 The fact that most EVs will be better balanced than vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) — most of their weight is midcar, fore and aft, and low in the chassis — lends itself to stability and good roadholding. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2021 In addition to the glamorous en-suite stateroom, there's a private living room, fore and aft outside spaces, and a private Jacuzzi for late-night dips. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 26 Sep. 2021 But some ebikes look like heavy, miniature cars, with big wheels and cargo racks fore and aft. Adrienne So, Wired, 14 Sep. 2021 The Odyssey retains its second-row seats that slide fore and aft as well as side to side. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 1 Sep. 2020 The carbon-fiber racing bucket seats only move fore and aft, but there's plenty of Alcantara trim and carbon-fiber bits to take in. Juergen Zoellter, Car and Driver, 26 May 2021 The most obvious addition is the carbon-fiber blade, running fore and aft between the two seats, at neck height. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, 26 May 2021 The five-deck exterior is defined by large fore and aft overhangs and a closed transom. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 14 May 2021 See More

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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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“Fore-and-aft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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