fore-and-after love


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

  • n. A sailing ship, such as a schooner, with a fore-and-aft rig.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel, such as a sloop or schooner, which carries fore-and-aft sails only.
  • n. A cocked hat having the peaks in front and behind, such as is worn for full dress in the navy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sailing vessel with a fore-and-aft rig


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  • Well, you must understand that this room was low, scarcely higher than the cabin of a fore-and-after, with no skylights to it, or wind-sail, or port-hole that would open.


  • Poor Sarah took off her frock and washed it before me, without a sign of distress or embarrassment; and then we went off together and had a bit of a dance, -- a rough-and-tumble fore-and-after, -- at the nearest booth.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

  • And so, although the light-winged craft that was following the ship sailed three feet to her two; yet she had such a long start, and the breeze was so fair and dead aft -- which was all in favour of a square-rigged vessel and against a fore-and-after, that sails best with the wind abeam -- that the felucca was still some five miles off when day broke and the chief mate first discovered her.

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek

  • The flag was of black bunting tied with string to a fore-and-after which had evidently been taken off a finished-up sledge.

    The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913

  • There can be no doubt that the lateen sail, which goes back at least to the early Egyptians, had the germ of a fore-and-after in it.

    All Afloat A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways

  • The jibs and staysails are triangular, the spanker a quadrangular {108} fore-and-after.

    All Afloat A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways

  • They pass an iceberg or a derelict, some contour of tropical shore, a fishing fleet, or an old fore-and-after, and the steamer is a stifling modern metropolis after that -- galley and stoke-hole its slums.

    Child and Country A Book of the Younger Generation

  • She had ceased to be profitable in competition with the larger, more modern fore-and-after, but these battered, veteran craft died hard.

    The Old Merchant Marine; A chronicle of American ships and sailors

  • And I found the doctor busy with the plague at Bay Saint Billy, himself quartered aboard the _Greased Lightning_, a fore-and-after which he had chartered for the season: to whom I lied diligently and without shame concerning my sister's condition, and with such happy effect that we put to sea in the brewing of the great gale of that year, with our topsail and tommy-dancer spread to a sousing breeze.

    Doctor Luke of the Labrador

  • The beauty of a fore-and-after is that she practically works herself, all that is needed being three or four hands on the forecastle to trim over the jib and fore sheets as she comes round.

    A Middy of the King A Romance of the Old British Navy


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