foremast [fawr-mast, -mahst, fohr-; Nautical fawr-muh st, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun Nautical.

  1. the mast nearest the bow in all vessels having two or more masts.

Origin of foremast First recorded in 1575–85; fore- + mast1 Examples from the Web for foremast Historical Examples of foremast

  • Then I heard the crash of the foremast as it went down to leeward.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I shipped, accordingly, in the vessel mentioned, as a foremast hand.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • She lost her bowsprit and foremast, but escaped further injury.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

    Robert Southey

  • Without you, we might not have succeeded in getting the foremast.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The foremast is properly stayed in the deck, and should be fitted with rat-lines.

    Boys’ Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • British Dictionary definitions for foremast foremast noun

    1. the mast nearest the bow on vessels with two or more masts

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