The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fore \Fore\ (f[=o]r), a. [See Fore, adv.]
Advanced, as compared with something else; toward the front;
being or coming first, in time, place, order, or importance;
preceding; anterior; antecedent; earlier; forward; -- opposed
to back or behind; as, the fore part of a garment; the
fore part of the day; the fore and of a wagon.
The free will of the subject is preserved, while it is
directed by the fore purpose of the state. --Southey.
Note: Fore is much used adjectively or in composition.
Fore bay, a reservoir or canal between a mill race and a
water wheel; the discharging end of a pond or mill race.
Fore body (Shipbuilding), the part of a ship forward of the
largest cross-section, distinguished from middle body
and after body.
Fore boot, a receptacle in the front of a vehicle, for
stowing baggage, etc.
Fore bow, the pommel of a saddle. --Knight.
Fore cabin, a cabin in the fore part of a ship, usually
with inferior accommodations.
(a) The forward part of the running gear of a four-wheeled
(b) A small carriage at the front end of a plow beam.
Fore course (Naut.), the lowermost sail on the foremost of
a square-rigged vessel; the foresail. See Illust. under
Fore door. Same as Front door.
Fore edge, the front edge of a book or folded sheet, etc.
Fore elder, an ancestor. [Prov. Eng.]
(a) The end which precedes; the earlier, or the nearer, part;
I have . . . paid
More pious debts to heaven, than in all
The fore end of my time. --Shak.
(b) In firearms, the wooden stock under the barrel, forward
of the trigger guard, or breech frame.
Fore girth, a girth for the fore part (of a horse, etc.); a
Fore hammer, a sledge hammer, working alternately, or in
time, with the hand hammer.
Fore leg, one of the front legs of a quadruped, or
multiped, or of a chair, settee, etc.
Fore peak (Naut.), the angle within a ship's bows; the
portion of the hold which is farthest forward.
Fore piece, a front piece, as the flap in the fore part of
a sidesaddle, to guard the rider's dress.
Fore plane, a carpenter's plane, in size and use between a
jack plane and a smoothing plane. --Knight.
Fore reading, previous perusal. [Obs.] --Hales.
Fore rent, in Scotland, rent payable before a crop is
Fore sheets (Naut.), the forward portion of a rowboat; the
space beyond the front thwart. See Stern sheets.
(a) A bank in advance of a sea wall, to break the force of
(b) The seaward projecting, slightly inclined portion of a
(c) The part of the shore between high and low water marks.
Fore sight, that one of the two sights of a gun which is
near the muzzle.
Fore tackle (Naut.), the tackle on the foremast of a ship.
Fore topmast. (Naut.) See Fore-topmast, in the
Fore wind, a favorable wind. [Obs.]
Sailed on smooth seas, by fore winds borne.
Fore world, the antediluvian world. [R.] --Southey.