from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Located at or toward the front; forward.
  • adjective Earlier in order of occurrence; former.
  • noun Something that is located at or toward the front.
  • noun The front part.
  • adverb At, toward, or near the front; forward.
  • adverb At an earlier time.
  • preposition Before.
  • interjection 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • noun The front: in the phrases at and to the fore (see below).
  • noun Nautical, the foremast.
  • noun At or in the front.
  • noun An obsolete preterit and past participle of fare.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An erroneous form of for-, as in foreclose.
  • 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.
  • Before.
  • noun Way; course; manner of proceeding.
  • noun A prefix, equivalent to before (in place or time): before nouns often written separately and regarded as an adjective (see fore, adjective).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The front; hence, that which is in front; the future.
  • noun (Naut.) at the fore royal masthead; -- said of a flag, so raised as a signal for sailing, etc.
  • noun [Irish] In existence; alive; not worn out, lost, or spent, as money, etc.
  • noun obsolete Journey; way; method of proceeding.
  • adjective 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 back or behind
  • adjective a reservoir or canal between a mill race and a water wheel; the discharging end of a pond or mill race.
  • adjective (Shipbuilding) the part of a ship forward of the largest cross-section, distinguished from middle body and after body.
  • adjective a receptacle in the front of a vehicle, for stowing baggage, etc.
  • adjective the pommel of a saddle.
  • adjective a cabin in the fore part of a ship, usually with inferior accommodations.
  • adjective A small carriage at the front end of a plow beam.
  • adjective (Naut.) the lowermost sail on the foremost of a square-rigged vessel; the foresail. See Illust. under Sail.
  • adjective Same as Front door.
  • adjective the front edge of a book or folded sheet, etc.
  • adjective [Prov. Eng.] an ancestor.
  • adjective In firearms, the wooden stock under the barrel, forward of the trigger guard, or breech frame.
  • adjective a girth for the fore part (of a horse, etc.); a martingale.
  • adjective a sledge hammer, working alternately, or in time, with the hand hammer.
  • adjective one of the front legs of a quadruped, or multiped, or of a chair, settee, etc.
  • adjective (Naut.) the angle within a ship's bows; the portion of the hold which is farthest forward.
  • adjective a front piece, as the flap in the fore part of a sidesaddle, to guard the rider's dress.
  • adjective a carpenter's plane, in size and use between a jack plane and a smoothing plane.
  • adjective [Obs.] previous perusal.
  • adjective in Scotland, rent payable before a crop is gathered.
  • adjective (Naut.) the forward portion of a rowboat; the space beyond the front thwart. See Stern sheets.
  • adjective The part of the shore between high and low water marks.
  • adjective that one of the two sights of a gun which is near the muzzle.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, beforehand, before, in front of, from Old English; see per in Indo-European roots.]

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A development of the prefix fore-.


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  • Then my eye lit on th 'fore quarters o' th 'doe,' n 'I guess I throwed more twists laughin' than Erne did -- _for that there doe was shy a leg_, hadn't but three legs; nigh fore leg gone midway 'tween knee and dewclaw, shot off 'n' healed up Godo'mi'ty knows when.

    The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier Edgar Beecher Bronson

  • "Young feller," Salters began, standing up in the fore-rigging, "let me tell yeou 'fore we go any further that I've --"

    Captains Courageous Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • She was a pretty vessel: schooner-rigged, very low in the water, and -- as we found out when we took her -- of very deep draught; broad in the beam, and ` flush-decked 'fore and aft, with no raised fore or after castles.

    Across the Spanish Main A Tale of the Sea in the Days of Queen Bess Harry Collingwood 1886

  • So that be - ■ fore the death of king James, our trade was fo far increaled, that, in the opinion of Sir William Mon - fon, we were liule, if at all inferior in maritime fore* to the Dutch.

    A new collection of voyages, discoveries and travels : containing whatever is worthy of notice, in Europe, Asia, Africa and America 1767

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  • "Pres'n'y Mr. Gordon he come, wid a 'hogany box 'bout so big 'fore' im, an 'he got down, an' Marse Chan tole me to tek all de hosses an 'go' roun 'behine de bushes whar I tell you 'bout -- off to one side; an' 'fore I got 'roun' dar, ole Cun'l Chahmb'lin an 'Mr. Hennin an' Dr. Call come ridin 'from t'urr way, to'ds ole Cun'l Chahmb'lin's.

    Marse Chan; A Tale of Old Virginia 1881

  • Comp'ny drinks, and I git drunk 'f-- fore I know 'fore you -- pshaw! deal yerself' f you want t 'play. "

    Duffels Edward Eggleston 1869

  • This will be a great exercise in fore thought & planning for me.

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  • One though that comes to the fore is Bernard White, who plays Muqtada, Craig's roommate so life terrified that he doesn't get out of bed.

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  • One though that comes to the fore is Bernard White, who plays Muqtada, Craig's roommate so life terrified that he doesn't get out of bed.

    Brian Ross: HuffPo Movie Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story (Really Is) Brian Ross 2010


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