[ fawr-sheet, fohr- ]

  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.

Origin of foresheet

First recorded in 1660–70; fore- + sheet2

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

How to use foresheet in a sentence

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

    Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
  • “Fill the topsail, and haul aft the foresheet,” were the quiet orders that proclaimed what he intended to do.

    Sea Stories | Various
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for foresheet


/ (ˈfɔːˌʃiːt) /

  1. the sheet of a foresail

  2. (plural) the part forward of the foremost thwart of a boat

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