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  • n. Plural form of foreyard.


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  • The smaller are fighting with all sails set; the few larger, who, once in, are careless about coming out again, fight with top-sails loose, and their main and foreyards close down on deck, to prevent being boarded.

    Westward Ho!

  • At daylight by careful manipulation of the helm we got the foreyards to run square by themselves (the water keeping smooth) and then went about hauling the ropes tight.

    The Shadow Line

  • The top spars of the _Bess_ had been slung while we were ashore, and by this time we had also knocked away the ugly and hindering false work on bow and stern, so that with her lifting foreyards which would have done for a sloop-of-war, and on her driving fore and aft sails which could have served the mizzen of a two-thousand-ton bark, the _Bess_ was now herself again.

    Wide Courses

  • Captain Blaise ordered her foresails brailed in to the mast to windward and her foreyards braced flat, this that she might sail closer to the wind.

    Wide Courses

  • The foreyards ran round with a great noise, amidst cheery cries.

    The Secret Sharer

  • And then the fatal words: "That'll do your mainsail; jump for'ard and haul round your foreyards."

    The Wrecker

  • The helm was put hard up, the main and foreyards laid square, and she commenced to scud dead before the wind towards the mystery of the north.

    The Shellback's Progress In the Nineteenth Century

  • Fore-and-aft sail was set and head-sheets trimmed down to port, square sails were dropped, sheeted home, and hoisted, foreyards braced to port, the anchor tripped and fished, and the brig paid off from the land-breeze, and, with foreyards swung, steadied down to a course for the entrance.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

  • The stranger then lowered his top-gallant sails and hauled his foreyards aback, and in about twenty-five minutes Mr. Gilbert was alongside.

    Schwatka's Search

  • We rigged a derrick formed of the foreyards of the vessels, and made as easy work of it as possible.

    Up the River or, Yachting on the Mississippi


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