Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To gain on or get ahead of (a sailing vessel).
  • intransitive v. To gain on or go ahead of a sailing vessel.
  • intransitive v. To continue moving forward after taking in sail, as when coming about.

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  • v. To shoot ahead, especially when going in stays.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To shoot ahead, especially when going in stays.
  • transitive v. To advance or gain upon; -- said of a vessel that gains upon another when sailing closehauled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to gain upon; sail beyond; overhaul and pass.

Etymologies

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fore- +‎ reach

Examples

  • Beyond boarding this dhow, though we saw some others at a distance which we were unable to forereach on, the beggars being too handy on a wind, we did not have a single exciting incident for the three months or more that we were detached from our ship; and all of us, as I have said, were longing for something to wake us up.

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy

  • But though we were unable to forereach upon our big neighbour, it became evident, as the morning now wore on, that the two craft were very gradually nearing each other, the extraordinary weatherly qualities of the _Esmeralda_ coming conspicuously into notice in this thrash to windward on a taut bowline, now that we had the opportunity of comparing them with those of another vessel.

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"

  • And now, hauled up as close as we could be, the ship headed towards the strangers; steering back in the direction of Banca again as near to windward as she could forereach.

    Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea

  • To the shot she paid not the slightest attention, hoping to forereach us, probably, and to get away in the fog.

    Salt Water The Sea Life and Adventures of Neil D'Arcy the Midshipman

  • Unfortunately, she was dead to leeward of us, and was drawing ahead so fast as to leave the probability she would forereach upon us, unless we took to all our oars.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale

  • His movement should be balanced, harmonious, sure, powerful and unhindered, with strong forereach and a powerful rear drive.

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  • The historical Luther had the hero-spirit in him in high degree; he had mystical depth and inward experience as we have seen, and he possessed the prophetic power of vision and forereach which makes him often seem far in advance of his time; but these dynamic traits were more than overbalanced by his fundamentally conservative disposition and by his determination not to go faster or farther than he could carry Germany, especially the nobility, with him.

    Spiritual Reformers in the 16th & 17th Centuries

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