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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. 2017.
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  • The boy says her foremast is gone, and they have lost all management of her.

    Orange and Green G. A. Henty
  • "He appears to be hoisting a yard on his foremast," replied Scott.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • But a gale carried away the "Leo's" foremast, and she fell a prey to an English frigate which happened along untimely.

  • The schooner's spare boat was in chocks between the foremast and the main.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Her foremast was immediately shot away; her mizen-mast was seen to fall.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • The party returned to the foremast, and Raymond stated their position.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • A long iron bolt in the foremast rigging chains had become rusty and worked loose.

  • Pass a line around him, and make him fast to the foremast while he is asleep.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Harry placed Paul Lizard at the helm, he himself going forward, holding on by the foremast.

  • I gave her the helm, and told her to keep the foremast in range with the Florina.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
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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