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foresheet

[fawr-sheet, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌʃit, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, Nautical.
1.
the sheet of a headsail.
2.
foresheets, (used with a plural verb) the space, in an open boat, in front of the foremost rower's seat.
Also called headsheet.
Origin of foresheet
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; fore- + sheet2
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  • “Haul down the tack, Jack, and get a pull of the foresheet,” he sang out.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • As a precautionary movement, to keep the mast from being jerked out, the foresheet was secured.

  • "Fill the topsail, and haul aft the foresheet," were the quiet orders that proclaimed what he intended to do.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • Suddenly there was a lift in the rain, and between them and the land they saw another flare, 'Down with the foresheet!

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

    Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • Moran spun the wheel without reply, and gave an order to Jim to ease off the foresheet.

  • “Fill the topsail, and haul aft the foresheet,” were the quiet orders that proclaimed what he intended to do.

    Sea Stories Various
  • I noticed that one of these men always placed himself within instant reach of the foresheet.

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 2 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • In the meantime the schooner had let draw her foresheet, and had already left him a quarter of a mile astern.

  • We reefed the foresail and set him, we hauled aft the foresheet: the helm was hard-a-weather.

    Gulliver's Travels

    Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for foresheet

foresheet

/ˈfɔːˌʃiːt/
noun
1.
the sheet of a foresail
2.
(pl) the part forward of the foremost thwart of a boat
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