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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

Examples of fore-and-aft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The power comfort seats recline, slide fore and aft, raise up and lower, and have lumbar and adjustable shoulder support. Emma Jayne Williams,, "BMW updates the 7-Series sedan line for 2020; plug-in hybrid model added," 3 Dec. 2019 The fore and aft sterns, however, appear to have been destroyed by plowing, and the ship is thought to have once been up 56 feet long. Fox News, "Mysterious 1,000-year-old Viking ship discovered on Norwegian island," 26 Nov. 2019 The rear seats that slide fore and aft 6 inches to allow for more people or cargo space. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A stunning new compact SUV from Lincoln: the 2020 Lincoln Corsair (auto review)," 9 Nov. 2019 The all-wheel drive powertrains are almost identical in both, and in normal driving both versions even output the same 460kW (616hp) from two permanent magnet synchronous motor-generator units, located fore and aft of the battery pack. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Everything you wanted to know about Porsche’s new electric car," 4 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Fore-and-aft.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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