fore-and-aft rig

noun

: a sailing-ship rig in which most or all of the sails are not attached to yards but are bent to gaffs or set on the masts or on stays in a fore-and-aft line

Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fore-and-aft rig was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Fore-and-aft rig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fore-and-aft%20rig. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fore-and-aft rig

noun
: a sailing-ship rig in which most or all of the sails are set lengthwise along the centerline of the ship rather than across it
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