from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The foresail of a square-rigged vessel, being that sail which is bent to the foreyard.


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  • The sails on the lower yards are the foresail, mainsail and crossjack, or, as they are often called, fore-course, main-course and mizzen-course -- the course being the sail, just as a sheet is a rope and not a piece of canvas.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • She was square-rigged on the foremast, carrying fore-topsail and fore-course.

    The Submarine Hunters A Story of the Naval Patrol Work in the Great War

  • Lord love your eyes, pal, Cap'n Adam seized him the vantage point by means of a fore-course towing under water, and kept it.

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • It was a brig under fore-course and topsails, and as the girl watched the vessel it sank to the tilted bowsprit, and a big gray and white sea foamed about the bows.

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands

  • It was a brig under fore-course and topsails, and as Agatha watched her she sank to her tilted bowsprit, and a big grey and white sea foamed about her bows.

    Hawtrey's Deputy

  • By mid-afternoon the tent -- consisting of the brigantine's fore-course, which I had salved -- was satisfactorily rigged up, a trench dug round it to carry off water in the event of rain, and a sufficiency of rude but efficient furniture stored within it; and, somewhat to my surprise, the pair who were to occupy it expressed themselves as quite satisfied.

    The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn

  • There was a thin, eddying coil of bluish smoke hurrying from the galley chimney under the high-arching foot of the fore-course and out over the port cat-head; and the watch, having no sail-trimming to attend to, were squatted upon their hams on the fore deck, playing cards.

    The Castaways

  • "If they will rig me a studding-sail, or an old fore-course for'ard, I will do the rest -- or _try_ to do it," said I. "Will you?" exclaimed Mendouca, in surprise.

    The Pirate Slaver A Story of the West African Coast

  • By eleven o'clock all was hushed throughout the ship: lights out, the captain turned in, nothing stirring forward save the flitting shape of the look-out under the yawn of the pale square of fore-course.

    The Honour of the Flag

  • On the 21st "a sea broke over the fore-course and split it;" and that night something more ominous occurred: "that night [the chronicle records] our cat ran crying from one side of the ship to the other, looking overboard, which made us to wonder, but we saw nothing."

    Captain John Smith

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