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[fawr-foo t, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfʊt, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, plural forefeet.
Zoology. one of the front feet of a quadruped, an insect, etc.
  1. the point at which the stem of a hull joins the keel; the forward end of a keel.
  2. a curved member at this point in a wooden hull.
Origin of forefoot
1325-75; Middle English forfot, forefote. See fore-, foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “Heave and away,” he sung out, as the cable appearing up and down showed that the anchor was under the forefoot.

  • Short seas slapped and gurgled at the forefoot with a pleasant sound.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • Sometimes but one forefoot is attacked, and subsequently one or both hind ones.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • We take up a forefoot and strike his shoe two or three times with a stone.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • This time she was limping badly on one forefoot and holding up one hind foot.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • She tried the bottom with her forefoot, then waded carefully into the deep stream.

    Indian Child Life Charles A. Eastman
  • Standing on the starboard bridge, I could scarcely distinguish the faint white foam gathered under the forefoot.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • Another twenty strokes and our craft's forefoot grounded on the beach.

    The Young Cavalier Percy F. Westerman
  • Yes, her forefoot is sprung just where it joins the keel; she came down just on the joint.

  • He held one forefoot gingerly in air, as though he were lame.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for forefoot


noun (pl) -feet
either of the front feet of a quadruped
(nautical) the forward end of the keel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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