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1. (also -təp) Nautical A platform at the top of the lower section of the foremast of a square-rigged ship.
2. A forelock, especially of a horse.


(ˈfɔːˌtɒp; nautical ˈfɔːtəp)
(Nautical Terms) nautical a platform at the top of the foremast


(ˈfɔrˌtɒp, ˈfoʊr-; for 1 also Naut. -təp)

1. a platform at the head of a fore lower mast of a ship.
2. the forelock of an animal, esp. a horse.
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Noun1.foretop - a platform at the head of a foremast
platform - a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform"
2.foretop - a lock of a horse's mane that grows forward between the ears
encolure - the mane of a horse
hair - a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"; "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"
References in classic literature ?
Sailin's an art, Harvey, as I'd show you if I had ye in the foretop o' the -"
Playing whist by the cabin lamps when it is storming outside is pleasant; walking the quarterdeck in the moonlight is pleasant; smoking in the breezy foretop is pleasant when one is not afraid to go up there; but these are all feeble and commonplace compared with the joy of seeing people suffering the miseries of seasickness.
She would have made a captain of the foretop in the old days.
With that he gave an order to the steersman, and sent Riach to the foretop.
Norman Augustus Finch, of Handsworth and the Royal Marine Artillery, continued to fire his Lewis Gun from the foretop of HMS 'Vindictive' despite his severe wounds and thus saved the lives of many of his comrades on July 22 and 23, 1918.
Ifshecancomeoutlikethat againandmakethebendinfront I'dsayitwouldbeinteresting," said Spalding-based Turner, a licenceholderforaround10years butinvolvedingreyhoundracing foralifetimehavingownedtopclassgreyhoundsincluding Foretop, LongSpellandOliversWish.
Aboard the Bellipotent our merchant-sailor was forthwith rated as an able seaman assigned to the starboard watch of the foretop.