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[fawr-yahrd, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌyɑrd, ˈfoʊr-/
a yard on the lower mast of a square-rigged foremast of a ship used to support the foresail.
a yard on the lowest spar of the foremast of a topsail schooner used to hold out the clews of the topsail or lower topsails.
a yard forming the main lower mast of a ketch or yawl used to support a square course.
Origin of foreyard
1620-30; fore- + yard2 Unabridged
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  • I can see her bowsprit-cap hen she lifts; and half an hour ago I only saw her foreyard.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Very placidly, and as if lost in thought, he insisted on having the foreyard squared. '

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • One of the sailors went on to the foreyard to ascertain more distinctly what was going on.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • “They are getting ready to fire again,” was now reported from the foreyard.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • Sir Edward, who was leaning on the foreyard, watched her with admiration, but extreme anxiety.

  • By this time the 'sun is over the foreyard' and all are settling down for a fine race.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • These vessels bore at their bowsprit, and at their cross-jack, as well as at the main and foreyard, groups of corpses.

    The Buccaneer Chief Gustave Aimard
  • A round puff of white vapour, spreading itself lazily, clung in fading shreds about the foreyard.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Her sails were also torn, her mainmast and main-topsail yard and foreyard a good deal injured.

  • She sailed slowly round the south point of Pingelap and backed her foreyard, and presently a boat was lowered and pulled ashore.

British Dictionary definitions for foreyard


(nautical) a yard for supporting the foresail of a square-rigger
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