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[fawr-mast, -mahst, fohr-; Nautical fawr-muh st, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌmæst, -ˌmɑst, ˈfoʊr-; Nautical ˈfɔr məst, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, Nautical.
the mast nearest the bow in all vessels having two or more masts.
Origin of foremast
First recorded in 1575-85; fore- + mast1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for foremast
Historical Examples
  • Then I heard the crash of the foremast as it went down to leeward.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I shipped, accordingly, in the vessel mentioned, as a foremast hand.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • She lost her bowsprit and foremast, but escaped further injury.

  • Without you, we might not have succeeded in getting the foremast.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • The foremast is properly stayed in the deck, and should be fitted with rat-lines.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Other wires ran down the foremast to a little cubby just aft of it.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • By the foremast a few discussed in a circle the characteristics of a gentleman.

  • The fall of the foremast ended the battle for the "Constellation."

  • Did you not tell me, Wychecombe, that the Druid had sprung her foremast?

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Abreast of the foremast I took the lantern from him to hold above my head.

British Dictionary definitions for foremast


/ˈfɔːˌmɑːst; nautical ˈfɔːməst/
the mast nearest the bow on vessels with two or more masts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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