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

  • adj. Parallel with the length of a structure, such as a ship or house; running lengthwise.

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  • adj. parallel with the keel, that is, going from bow to stern (as opposed to square-rigged).


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  • I built her plank by plank, and copper-fastened her, selected her masts and every timber of her, and personally signed on her full ship's complement fore-and-aft, and outfitted her amongst the Jews, and sailed with her to the South Seas and the treasure buried a fathom under the sand.


  • "Against everyone's advice, I bought a 1930s wooden classic yacht," the 45-year-old Englishman says as he prepares the 65-feet Marconi-rigged cutter—a fore-and-aft sailing boat rig with triangular sails—for a day of racing in Mallorca.

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  • The crojack was taken in, and some of the outer fore-and-aft handsails, whose order of names I can never remember.


  • Immediately the lifts and lower-topsail sheets parted, and with a fore-and-aft pitch of the ship the spar up-ended and crashed to the deck upon Number Three hatch, destroying that section of the bridge in its fall.


  • Toyota's Sienna has a second row that slides fore-and-aft over a generous range, aiding flexibility.

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  • Packs at the alien's sides puffed gas from fore-and-aft snouts.

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  • * In Caenorhabditis the original cell, called Z, has a front end which is different from its rear end, and this difference will come to represent the eventual fore-and-aft body axis – anterior (front) and posterior (rear).


  • The head and neck too, follow the same segmented plan, but it is harder to discern, even in fish, because the segments, instead of being neatly laid out in a fore-and-aft array as they are in the spinal column, have become all jumbled up over evolutionary time.


  • Everyone who was there knows the heavy lifting was done by the white hats and a few working CPOs, who also wore dungarees (with a fore-and-aft khaki cap or a billed cap with a khaki cover, in case somebody needed to know who was running the job).

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  • The spritsail was square-rigged, but could be close-hauled so tight as to be nearly fore-and-aft.

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