from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A platform at the top of a ship's foremast.
- n. A forelock, especially of a horse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The top of the head; the top of the forehead.
- n. The lock of hair which grows on top of the forehead; the corresponding part of a wig.
- n. In the phrase, to take time (or occasion or opportunity) by the foretop, meaning "to boldly seize an opportunity".
- n. A fop; one who sports a foretop.
- n. An erect tuft of hair.
- n. The forelock of a horse.
- n. A platform at the top of the foremast, supported by the trestle trees.
- n. The front seat at the top of a vehicle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The hair on the forepart of the head; esp., a tuft or lock of hair which hangs over the forehead, as of a horse.
- n. That part of a headdress that is in front; the top of a periwig.
- n. The platform at the head of the foremast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The forehead.
- n. A lock of hair, either natural or in a, wig, long enough to lie on the forehead, but sometimes erect or brushed up, worn by both ladies and gentlemen at various periods until the latter part of the eighteenth century. The word is still applied in Suffolk, England, to an erect tuft of hair.
- n. Nautical, the platform erected at the head of the foremast.
- n. Same as forelock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a lock of a horse's mane that grows forward between the ears
- n. a platform at the head of a foremast
For Young, the climb to the foretop was the most dangerous and frightening part of the battle:
"All ready for letting fall, sir," the middy stationed in the foretop was the first to sing out.
There being no mosquito bars attached to the berths in the forecastle, the foretop was the only place in which I could procure a few hours repose.
Now the foretop is a place high up in the rigging of the ship, a very giddy height indeed, and when a man is there he is really almost out of sight and it is impossible to see what he is doing from the deck.
“Catch his foretop and get on his neck till he balances out!”
The woman obeyed, digging her toes into the evasive muscle-pads for the quick effort, and leaping upward, one hand twined in the wet mane, the other hand free and up-stretched, darting between the ears and clutching the foretop.
A violent equinoctial gale had come up, which had first staved in a grating and a porthole on the larboard side, and damaged the foretop-gallant-shrouds; in consequence of these injuries, the Orion had run back to Toulon.
“When we go aloft, you get into the foretop, and keep one of these going all the time, do you hear?”
I heard him and the Mate talking to the men, and presently, when we were going over the foretop, I made out that they were beginning to get into the rigging.
‘Starboard,’ ‘Port,’ ‘Bowsprit,’ and similar indications of a mutinous undercurrent, though subdued, were audible, Bill Boozey, captain of the foretop, came out from the rest.