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fore-and-aft rig

noun, Nautical.
a rig in which the principal sails are fore-and-aft.
Origin of fore-and-aft rig
First recorded in 1825-35
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fore-and-aftrigged, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The fore-and-aft rig in its simplicity and the beauty of its aspect under every angle of vision is, I believe, unapproachable.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • About two dozen or more yachts make use of it, among them being steamers and vessels of every method of fore-and-aft rig.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • The only man available with a knowledge of the fore-and-aft rig was Stewart McCord, the second engineer.

  • Sloop—A craft with a single mast and fore-and-aft rig, in its simplest form a mainsail and jib.

  • Technically speaking, the endangered vessel is not a ship, but a barque, as betokened by the fore-and-aft rig of her mizenmast.

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • His invention was the Yankee schooner of fore-and-aft rig, and he gave to this type of vessel its name.

    The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
  • It is a well-known fact that the fore-and-aft rig was best understood in America, where it had really been brought to perfection.

  • Lightness and concentrated power are the great qualities of fore-and-aft rig.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad

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