fore-and-aft

adjective
\ ˌfȯr-ə-ˈnaft How to pronounce fore-and-aft (audio) \

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

adverb

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 Behind the second row seats—which slide fore and aft for some level of adjustment—buyers will find a slightly smaller 26.9-cubic-foot cargo area, down from 31.4 cubic feet in the QX50. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2022 Infiniti QX55 Revealed with Dramatic Fastback Styling," 18 Nov. 2020 Pelican Bandit NXT 100 Kayak: available at Dick's Sporting GoodsA great all-rounder for recreational use, with excellent stability for beginners and storage platforms fore and aft. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "15 best cheap kayaks," 8 Mar. 2021 At the same time, officers and men poured down the fore and aft gangways for reunions on the dock. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Valley Forge homecoming 70 years ago was one for the history books," 1 Dec. 2020 The second-row captain’s chairs slide fore and aft for legroom and tip for third-row access. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV scales new heights of luxury (review)," 17 Oct. 2020 The second-row captain’s chairs slide fore and aft for legroom and tip for third-row access. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV scales new heights of luxury (review)," 17 Oct. 2020 The problem arises from a tendency for the center of pressure supporting the craft to move fore and aft with changes in altitude. Abe Dane, Popular Mechanics, "The Russian Wingship Future That Never Took Flight," 5 Nov. 2020 The second-row captain’s chairs slide fore and aft for legroom and tip for third-row access. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV scales new heights of luxury (review)," 17 Oct. 2020 Arched doorways at either end of the central lounge lead to passenger quarters fore and aft. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "New York to Europe by Clipper: A Prelude to an Historic Flight," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fore-and-aft

Adjective

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fore-and-aft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fore-and-aft. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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fore-and-aft

adjective
\ ˌfȯr-ə-ˈnaft \

Kids Definition of fore-and-aft

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

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