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[fawr-top, fohr-; for 1 also Nautical fawr-tuh p, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌtɒp, ˈfoʊr-; for 1 also Nautical ˈfɔr təp, ˈfoʊr-/
a platform at the head of a fore lower mast of a ship.
the forelock of an animal, especially a horse.
Origin of foretop
1250-1300; Middle English fortop. See fore-, top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Meantime a petty officer named Hicks had been promoted captain of the foretop.

    From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
  • We could not see the splash from the bridge, nor could they in the foretop.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • Then her main and foretop masts fell, and she was dreadfully bruised in her hull.

  • Dock its foretop, do a little doctorin', an' how you goin' to prove it?

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Now, the two captains of the foretop were both prime young men, active as monkeys, and bold as lions.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • His foretop was "banged," and he had the air of a mischievous, resolute boy.

  • “On our starboard beam, sir,” sang out Masters from the foretop.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • With that he gave an order to the steersman, and sent Riach to the foretop.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "Yes," replied Jack; and his warders, who were two foretop men, allowed him to speak with her through the keyhole.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • On reaching the foretop, Hadow told him to wait there till he should come for him.

    Alone on an Island W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for foretop


/ˈfɔːˌtɒp; nautical ˈfɔːtəp/
(nautical) a platform at the top of the foremast
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