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- n. Alternative spelling of fore edge.
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- n. the part of a book that faces inward when the book is shelved; the part opposite the spine
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It would have helped to have given the chapter numbers in running heads at the book's foredge.
One interesting factor that influenced the AHD's format (double-column page with a narrower foredge column devoted to illustrations), which the reviewer may not know of, was the use of automatic typsetting: it is extremely difficult (and expensive) to program a computer to set run-arounds (the insertion of an illustration into a block of text so that the text is run around it).