from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The lowest yard on a foremast.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the lower yard on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel.
  • noun The yard or court in front of a house; a front yard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) The lowermost yard on the foremast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical A yard on the lower mast of a square-rigged foremast of a ship used to support the foresail.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

fore- +‎ yard


  • The foretop and topgallant – mast came down with a run and hung in wreckage on the fore – mast, with the foreyard vertical.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • ‘Surely,’ he said gently, ‘there will be enough left to square the foreyard.’

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad

  • Very placidly, and as if lost in thought, he insisted on having the foreyard squared.

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad

  • The foreyard, which did very well for mooring the anchors, was quite inadequate to the transport of passengers and provisions.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • The captain now hesitated to slip his ship, lest she might pay off on the wrong tack and come ashore; but as the vessel was steadily drifting and the sea terrific, the lifeboat being now and then hoisted up to her foreyard, while mountainous seas wallowed over both the lifeboat and the vessel, the Deal lifeboatmen said, 'If you don't slip her, we will.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • 'Hold on, men, for your lives!' sang out the coxswains, and on came the hollow green sea, so far above their heads that it seemed as they gazed into its terrible transparency that the very sky had become green, and it broke into the lifeboat, hoisting her up to the vessel's foreyard, and then plunging her bodily down and down.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • Forcing his way forward, the _Shannon's_ men shut down the _Chesapeake's_ hatches and kept up a fire on the men in the tops, while the _Shannon's_ men at the same time, under Mr. Smith, forced their way from the foreyard to the

    The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation Volume 1

  • He died while lashed on the foreyard, and was brought down thence by Ashenden, who bravely mounted the rigging and carried down the dead lad with the sea-foam on his lips.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • On the tenth of May, at about 5 P. M., all hands were called to reef topsails, and a forecastle man, who was hurrying aloft to assist his companions on the foreyard, fell from only a few rattlings above the sheerpole upon the deck, and injured himself so severely as to cause his death early the next morning.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas

  • It was in the morning watch -- Prince's Island had been safely passed, and the principal dangers of the passage overcome, when seated upon the foreyard a scene of beauty opened upon my eyes, which it may be long before they are greeted with again.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas


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