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[fawr-yahrd, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌyɑrd, ˈfoʊr-/
a yard on the lower mast of a square-rigged foremast of a ship used to support the foresail.
a yard on the lowest spar of the foremast of a topsail schooner used to hold out the clews of the topsail or lower topsails.
a yard forming the main lower mast of a ketch or yawl used to support a square course.
Origin of foreyard
First recorded in 1620-30; fore- + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Very placidly, and as if lost in thought, he insisted on having the foreyard squared. '

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • “They are getting ready to fire again,” was now reported from the foreyard.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • By this time the 'sun is over the foreyard' and all are settling down for a fine race.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • A round puff of white vapour, spreading itself lazily, clung in fading shreds about the foreyard.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • She sailed slowly round the south point of Pingelap and backed her foreyard, and presently a boat was lowered and pulled ashore.

  • They were set on wooden yards, the foreyard and foretopsail-yard, both of which could be sent on deck in foul weather.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • I can see her bowsprit-cap hen she lifts; and half an hour ago I only saw her foreyard.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Just then the foreyard came surging up, and I thought would strike him.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • Hands were sent aloft to fish the foreyard, and to knot and splice the most important parts of the running rigging.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • In the morning we felt nervous and miserable; on the whole we weren't very gay till the sun was over the foreyard.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
British Dictionary definitions for foreyard


(nautical) a yard for supporting the foresail of a square-rigger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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