fore edge

  1. the front outer edge of a book, opposite the bound edge.

Origin of fore edge

First recorded in 1655–65

Words Nearby fore edge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fore edge in a sentence

  • To dig into the earth and bury itself, it uses the fore-edge of its head, a sort of weeding-hoe with the two mandibles for points.

    More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
  • Painting on the fore-edge should only be attempted when the paper of the book is thin and of good quality.

  • These side-papers are measured and cut one inch larger than the volume at head, foot, and fore-edge.

    The Book-Hunter at Home | P. B. M. Allan
  • Each volume should be held tightly, so as to prevent the leaves from gaping, and then wiped from the back to the fore-edge.

    Enemies of Books | William Blades
  • These must be measured from the fore-edge of the board and run in with straight-edge and folder.

British Dictionary definitions for fore-edge


  1. the outer edge of the pages of a book

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