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[fawr-top-gal-uh nt, fohr-; Nautical fawr-tuh-gal-uh nt, fohr-] /ˌfɔr tɒpˈgæl ənt, ˌfoʊr-; Nautical ˌfɔr təˈgæl ənt, ˌfoʊr-/
being a sail, yard, or rigging belonging to a fore-topgallant mast.
Origin of fore-topgallant
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fore-topgallant
Historical Examples
  • Jim and I were sent aloft to the fore-topgallant sailyard to furl the sail.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • Saying this he sprung into the rigging and ascended to the fore-topgallant mast-head.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • Just then, as I was looking aloft, I saw a bird pitch on the fore-topgallant yard-arm.

  • A fore-topgallant studding-sail had been hauled on board the raft, and this set on a spar served them as a sail.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • There we lay with our fore-topgallant and topsail yards caught in the branches, and our mainsail securely locked.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for fore-topgallant


/ˌfɔːtɒpˈɡælənt; nautical ˌfɔːtəˈɡælənt/
(nautical) of, relating to, or being the topmost portion of a foremast, above the topmast: the fore-topgallant mast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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