- 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
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Examples from the Web for foreyard
Very placidly, and as if lost in thought, he insisted on having the foreyard squared. 'Youth
“They are getting ready to fire again,” was now reported from the foreyard.Rattlin the Reefer
By this time the 'sun is over the foreyard' and all are settling down for a fine race.Yachting Vol. 2
A round puff of white vapour, spreading itself lazily, clung in fading shreds about the foreyard.The Rescue
She sailed slowly round the south point of Pingelap and backed her foreyard, and presently a boat was lowered and pulled ashore.The Ebbing Of The Tide
- nautical a yard for supporting the foresail of a square-rigger
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