from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Located at or toward the front; forward.
- adj. Earlier in order of occurrence; former.
- n. Something that is located at or toward the front.
- n. The front part.
- adv. At, toward, or near the front; forward.
- adv. At an earlier time.
- prep. Before.
- interj. Sports Used by a golfer to warn those ahead that a ball is headed in their direction.
- idiom to the fore In, into, or toward a position of prominence: A new virtuoso has come to the fore.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. An exclamation yelled to inform players a ball is moving in their direction.
- n. The front; the foreward part of something; the foreground.
- v. Simple past of fare.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Journey; way; method of proceeding.
- adv. In the part that precedes or goes first; -- opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.
- adv. Formerly; previously; afore.
- adv. In or towards the bows of a ship.
- adj. Advanced, as compared with something else; toward the front; being or coming first, in time, place, order, or importance; preceding; anterior; antecedent; earlier; forward; -- opposed to
- n. The front; hence, that which is in front; the future.
- prep. Before; -- sometimes written 'fore as if a contraction of afore or before.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Before (in place); in presence of.
- Before (in place); in the part that precedes or goes first; specifically, nautical, toward or in the parts of a ship that lie near the bows; forward: opposed to aft.
- Before (in time); previously.
- Situated at the fore or front; front; forward; anterior; prior; former; being, coming, or going before or in front in place, or earlier in time: as, the fore legs of a horse; the fore wheels of a wagon; the fore part of the day.
- n. The front: in the phrases at and to the fore (see below).
- n. Nautical, the foremast.
- n. At or in the front.
- n. An obsolete preterit and past participle of fare.
- n. Way; course; manner of proceeding.
- n. A prefix, equivalent to before (in place or time): before nouns often written separately and regarded as an adjective (see fore, adjective).
- n. An erroneous form of for- in some words, as in forego, forespend, forespeak, etc., for forgo, forspend, forspeak, etc., being obsolete in all but forego.
- n. An erroneous form of for-, as in foreclose.
- In golf, a warning cry (‘look out, before!’) uttered to attract the attention of a person who is liable to be struck by the ball.
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- adj. situated at or toward the bow of a vessel
- n. front part of a vessel or aircraft
- adv. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
Middle English, beforehand, before, in front of, from Old English; see per1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A development of the prefix fore-. (Wiktionary)