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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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  • The boy says her foremast is gone, and they have lost all management of her.

    Orange and Green G. A. Henty
  • I shipped, accordingly, in the vessel mentioned, as a foremast hand.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • But a gale carried away the "Leo's" foremast, and she fell a prey to an English frigate which happened along untimely.

  • Without you, we might not have succeeded in getting the foremast.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • Her foremast was immediately shot away; her mizen-mast was seen to fall.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • The foremast is properly stayed in the deck, and should be fitted with rat-lines.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • A long iron bolt in the foremast rigging chains had become rusty and worked loose.

  • Other wires ran down the foremast to a little cubby just aft of it.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • Harry placed Paul Lizard at the helm, he himself going forward, holding on by the foremast.

  • By the foremast a few discussed in a circle the characteristics of a gentleman.

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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