foreyard [fawr-yahrd, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a on the lower mast of a square-rigged foremast of a ship used to support the foresail.
- a on the lowest spar of the foremast of a topsail schooner used to hold out the clews of the topsail or lower topsails.
- a forming the main lower mast of a ketch or yawl used to support a square course.
Origin of foreyard First recorded in 1620–30;+ Examples from the Web for foreyard Historical Examples of foreyard
Very placidly, and as if lost in thought, he insisted on having the foreyard squared. ‘
“They are getting ready to fire again,” was now reported from the foreyard.
By this time the ‘sun is over the foreyard’ and all are settling down for a fine race.
A round puff of white vapour, spreading itself lazily, clung in fading shreds about the foreyard.
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 foreyard noun
- nautical a yard for supporting the foresail of a square-rigger