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[fawr-uh nd-aft, -ahft, fohr-]Nautical
  1. located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern.
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  1. fore1(def 10).
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Origin of fore-and-aft

First recorded in 1610–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fore-and-aft

Historical Examples

  • I don't know how he came to be in command of a fore-and-aft schooner.

    Man Overboard!

    F(rancis) Marion Crawford

  • She carries a fore-and-aft main-sail, gaff-topsail, stay-foresail, and jib.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • With jibs and fore-and-aft sails, the tack confines them amidships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • They were fore-and-aft schooners, of beautiful model, and entirely new.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic

  • The term “fore-and-aft” is derived from the forward part and the after part of the ship.

    Man on the Ocean

    R.M. Ballantyne