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[fawr-mast, -mahst, fohr-; Nautical fawr-muh st, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌmæst, -ˌmɑst, ˈfoʊr-; Nautical ˈfɔr məst, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, Nautical
the mast nearest the bow in all vessels having two or more masts.
Origin of foremast
1575-85; fore- + mast1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for foremast
  • Prominent here are three large fragments of the foremast, including the lower trestle tree and the lower yard with truss.
  • The exploding torpedo buckled the deck of the tanker and brought down its foremast and radio equipment.
  • Mounted on the foremast are two booms which are used in hauling the dredges.
  • The foremast supports a heavy boom at the level of the boiler deck.
  • The foremast was gone, but the mainmast was standing.
  • All the sails on the foremast below the royal are set, and the main sheets of the mail and mizzen masts arc set.
  • They perched at first on the foremast and then down on deck.
  • Her foremast and yard were floating, but were held by the rigging.
British Dictionary definitions for foremast


/ˈfɔːˌmɑːst; nautical ˈfɔːməst/
the mast nearest the bow on vessels with two or more masts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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