forer

fore

1 [fawr, fohr]
adjective
1.
situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
2.
first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
3.
Nautical.
a.
of or pertaining to a foremast.
b.
noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
c.
noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast: fore topmast stay.
d.
situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
adverb
4.
Nautical. at or toward the bow.
6.
Obsolete, before.
noun
7.
the forepart of anything; front.
8.
the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
preposition, conjunction
9.
Also, 'fore. Informal. before.
Idioms
10.
fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
11.
to the fore,
a.
into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
b.
at hand; ready; available.
c.
still alive.

Origin:
by construal of fore- as an adj., hence nominalized; fore and aft perhaps as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense “before” (defs 6, 9) perhaps continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as aphetic form of afore

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fore1 (fɔː)
 
adj
1.  (usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the front: the forelegs of a horse
 
n
2.  the front part
3.  something located at, in, or towards the front
4.  short for foremast
5.  fore and aft located at or directed towards both ends of a vessel: a fore-and-aft rig
6.  to the fore
 a.  to or into the front or conspicuous position
 b.  (Scot), (Irish) alive or active: is your grandfather still to the fore?
 
adv
7.  at or towards a ship's bow
8.  obsolete before
 
prep, —conj
9.  a less common word for before
 
[Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura]

fore2 (fɔː)
 
interj
(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
 
[C19: probably short for before]

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fore
O.E. fore (prep.) "before, in front of;" (adv.) "before, previously," common Gmc. (cf. O.H.G. fora, O.Fris. fara, Ger. vor, Goth. faiura, O.N. fyrr "for"); from PIE *per-/*pr- (cf. Skt. pura "before, formerly;" Avestan paro "before;" Hittite para- "on, forth;" Gk. paros "before," para "from beside, beyond,"
peri "around, about, toward," pro "before;" L. pro "before, for, on behalf of, instead of," prae "before," per "through, for;" O.C.S. pra-dedu "great-grandfather"). The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.
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