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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But the struggles over the bill bring to the fore much more general questions about how we understand state intervention.
▪ During these years of continual warfare, religious questions were seldom if ever brought to the fore.
▪ Since this simplified technique makes widespread implantation a practical option, cost-benefit issues will come to the fore very quickly.
▪ Now, as Pope fell from grace, McClellan came to the fore again.
▪ This is where the innate artist in you gets the chance to come to the fore.
▪ The 1980s were a decade in which many social issues came to the fore.
▪ At the same time new types of industry, demanding different locational requirements, were coming to the fore.
▪ They have come to the fore at last, increasing their presence by 40 percent in just four years.
▪ Since the ability to draw is not seen as particularly important, this state of affairs has not come to the fore.
▪ Sometimes Bone ThugsN-Harmony member FleshN-Bone comes to the fore with rhymes that could be characterized as urban psalms.
▪ Automatically, women's bodies are again to the fore.
▪ Instead, it was a real middle class, of diverse origins, pushed to the fore by changing conditions.
▪ Muhammad Ali and Pelé are at the fore of the other.
▪ No new politician has come to the fore, so others vie to fill the vacuum.
▪ One of them assured us that as he went from fore to aft his shoes were well-nigh buried in blood and brains.
▪ Passive smoking has come to the fore.
▪ The 1980s were a decade in which many social issues came to the fore.
▪ When they returned, thousands awaited them at the airport with Yamamoto to the fore.
▪ The fore part of the carcass provides the picnic shoulder and the Boston butt.
▪ Three hundred metres from the end of the race, the horse stumbled and fractured its right fore cannon bone.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fore \Fore\ (f[=o]r), n. [AS. f[=o]r, fr. faran to go. See Fare, v. i.] Journey; way; method of proceeding. [Obs.] ``Follow him and his fore.''


Fore \Fore\, adv. [AS. fore, adv. & prep., another form of for. See For, and cf. Former, Foremost.]

  1. In the part that precedes or goes first; -- opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.

  2. Formerly; previously; afore. [Obs. or Colloq.]

    The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are.

  3. (Naut.) In or towards the bows of a ship.

    Fore and aft (Naut.), from stem to stern; lengthwise of the vessel; -- in distinction from athwart.
    --R. H. Dana, Jr.

    Fore-and-aft rigged (Naut.), not rigged with square sails attached to yards, but with sails bent to gaffs or set on stays in the midship line of the vessel. See Schooner, Sloop, Cutter.


Fore \Fore\, n. The front; hence, that which is in front; the future. At the fore (Naut.), at the fore royal masthead; -- said of a flag, so raised as a signal for sailing, etc. To the fore.

  1. In advance; to the front; to a prominent position; in plain sight; in readiness for use.

  2. In existence; alive; not worn out, lost, or spent, as money, etc. [Irish] ``While I am to the fore.''
    --W. Collins. ``How many captains in the regiment had two thousand pounds to the fore?''


Fore \Fore\, prep. Before; -- sometimes written 'fore as if a contraction of afore or before. [Obs.]


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. Fore carriage.

  1. The forward part of the running gear of a four-wheeled vehicle.

  2. 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 Sail. Fore door. Same as Front door. Fore edge, the front edge of a book or folded sheet, etc. Fore elder, an ancestor. [Prov. Eng.] Fore end.

    1. The end which precedes; the earlier, or the nearer, part; the beginning.

      I have . . . paid More pious debts to heaven, than in all The fore end of my time.

    2. 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 martingale. 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 gathered. Fore sheets (Naut.), the forward portion of a rowboat; the space beyond the front thwart. See Stern sheets. Fore shore.

      1. A bank in advance of a sea wall, to break the force of the surf.

      2. The seaward projecting, slightly inclined portion of a breakwater.

  3. 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 Vocabulary.

    Fore wind, a favorable wind. [Obs.]

    Sailed on smooth seas, by fore winds borne.

    Fore world, the antediluvian world. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "forward;" late 15c., "former, earlier;" early 16c., "situated at the front;" all senses apparently from fore- compounds, which frequently were written as two words in Middle English.


Old English fore (prep.) "before, in front of, in presence of; because of, for the sake of; earlier in time; instead of;" as an adverb, "before, previously, formerly, once," from Proto-Germanic *fura "before" (cognates: Old Saxon fora, Old Frisian fara, Old High German fora, German vor, Danish for, Old Norse fyrr, Gothic faiura "for"), from PIE *prae-, extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).\n

\nNow displaced by before. In nautical use, "toward the bows of the ship." Merged from 13c. with the abbreviated forms of afore and before and thus formerly often written 'fore. As a noun, "the front," from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context obsolete English) former; occurring earlier (in some order); previous. (15th-18th c.) 2 forward; situated towards the front (of something). (from 16th c.) adv. 1 In the part that precedes or goes first; opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc. 2 (context obsolete English) Formerly; previously; afore. 3 (context nautical English) In or towards the bows of a ship. interj. (context golf English) An exclamation yelled to inform players a ball is moving in their direction. n. The front; the forward part of something; the foreground. Etymology 2


  2. (en-simple past of: fare)

  1. adj. situated at or toward the bow of a vessel [syn: fore(a)] [ant: aft(a)]

  2. located anteriorly [syn: fore(a), front(a)]


n. front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line" [syn: bow, prow, stem]


adv. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments" [syn: forward] [ant: aft]

Fore (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Fore was a constituency in County Westmeath represented in the Irish House of Commons from 1612 to 1800.

Fore (barony, County Westmeath)

Fore is a barony in northern County Westmeath, Ireland. It was formed by 1672.

Fore (EP)

Fore is an EP by Pegboy, released on October 18, 1993 through Quarterstick Records.

Fore (golf)

"Fore!", originally an Australian interjection, is used to warn anyone standing or moving in the flight of a golf ball. The mention of the term in an 1881 Australian Golf Museum indicates that the term was in use at least as early as that period.

It is believed to come from the military "beware before", which an artilleryman about to fire would yell alerting nearby infantrymen to drop to the ground to avoid the shells overhead. (Before may mean "in front of (the gun being fired)"; fore may mean "(look) ahead".)

Other possible origins include the term being derived from the term "fore-caddy", a caddy waiting down range from the golfer to find where the ball lands. These caddies were often warned about oncoming golf balls by a shout of the term "fore-caddy" which was eventually shortened to just "fore!". The Colonel Bogey March is based on the descending minor third which the original Colonel Bogey whistled instead of yelling Fore around 1914.


Fore may refer to:

  • Fore School of Management
  • Fore people, a highland people of Papua New Guinea
  • Fore (golf), a warning yelled by golfers
  • Fore Abbey, an abbey in Ireland
  • Fore (Parliament of Ireland constituency)
  • Fore River (Maine), a river
  • Fore!, the 4th album by Huey Lewis and the News
  • Fore (EP), an EP by Pegboy
  • The bow of a ship, the front
  • FORE Systems, a computer networking company

A place

  • Fore, County Westmeath a village beside Fore Abbey
  • Fore (barony, County Meath), a barony in County Meath
  • Fore (barony, County Westmeath), a barony in County Westmeath

Usage examples of "fore".

Brenna broke free of the forest and entered a meadow abloom with heather.

He was a loathsome, gorilla-like thing, with abnormally long arms which I could not help calling fore legs, and a face that conjured up thoughts of unspeakable Congo secrets and tom-tom poundings under an eerie moon.

The very sight of the awesome Forest aborigines, with their fanged muzzles agape and their taloned hands hovering near their weapons, was enough to convert the dance-bone cheaters to instant integrity.

Beckoning his companions, Acies led them through the forest, keen eyes searching for something.

This adapid generally stuck to the deeper forest where its slowness was not as disadvantageous as it would be on more open ground.

But here in the forest canopy there were many adapids, cousins of the notharctus.

I took adeep breath, buttoned my coat, and crept into the forest in thedirection of the copter field.

By his secrecy and diligence he entertained some hopes of surprising the person of Constans, who was pursuing in the adjacent forest his favorite amusement of hunting, or perhaps some pleasures of a more private and criminal nature.

As the carriage entered upon the forest that adjoined his paternal domain, his eyes once more caught, between the chesnut avenue, the turreted corners of the chateau.

Some hours after midnight, the Typhoon abated so much, that through the strenuous exertions of Starbuck and Stubb-- one engaged forward and the other aft--the shivered remnants of the jib and fore and main-top-sails were cut adrift from the spars, and went eddying away to leeward, like the feathers of an albatross, which sometimes are cast to the winds when that storm-tossed bird is on the wing.

The description of the black forest with the evil stone, and of the terrible cosmic adumbrations when the horror is finally extirpated, will repay one for wading through the very gradual action and plethora of Scottish dialect.

Bogaert had felled most of the closest trees, but the slight drift of the aerosol out of the forest still brought enough enzyme to promote the destruction of most of their garments.

Major Migel affectionately dubbed the Forest Hills trio, that they had entertained almost every delegate to the World Conference, keeping open house and lunching or dining as many of the foreign visitors as possible.

Access fore and aft is through a shielded tunnel, since anyone inside the compartment when the reactor is critical would be dead within a minute from the intense radiation.

She imagined the smell of the rain forest and the chatter of monkeys, the rustle of agoutis, the slither of anacondas, the screech of macaws.