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[fawr-uh nd-aft, -ahft, fohr-] /ˈfɔr əndˈæft, -ˈɑft, ˈfoʊr-/ Nautical
located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern.
fore1 (def 10).
Origin of fore-and-aft
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I don't know how he came to be in command of a fore-and-aft schooner.

    Man Overboard! F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • She carries a fore-and-aft main-sail, gaff-topsail, stay-foresail, and jib.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • With jibs and fore-and-aft sails, the tack confines them amidships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They were fore-and-aft schooners, of beautiful model, and entirely new.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • The term “fore-and-aft” is derived from the forward part and the after part of the ship.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • fore-and-aft sails: Sails that are set on gaffs and stays, and not on yards.

  • The sheer of a vessel is the fore-and-aft curve of the deck line.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • But with her fore-and-aft mizzen you mustn't be calling her a ship.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • And what is defined about these sails will apply to all fore-and-aft sails.

    Practical Boat-Sailing Douglas Frazar
  • The plow looks like a fore-and-aft brace of a Hudson river steamer, inverted.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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