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fore-

pref.
1. Before; earlier: foredoom.
2. In front of; front: foredeck.

[Middle English for-, fore-, from Old English, from fore, in front; see per in Indo-European roots.]
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fore-

prefix
1. before in time or rank: foresight; forefather; foreman.
2. at or near the front; before in place: forehead; forecourt.
[Old English, from fore (adv)]
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fore1

(fɔr, foʊr)

adj.
1. situated in front of something else.
2. first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
3.
a. of or pertaining to a foremast.
b. being a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
c. situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
adv.
4. at or toward the bow of a vessel.
5. forward.
6. Obs. before.
n.
7. the forepart of anything; front.
8. the fore, the foremast.
prep., conj.
9. Also, 'fore.Informal. before.
Idioms:
1. fore and aft, in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
2. to the fore, into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.

fore2

(fɔr, foʊr)

interj.
(used as a cry of warning on a golf course to persons who are in danger of being struck by a ball in flight.)
[1875–80; probably aph. variant of before]

fore-

a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.) ( forecast; foretaste; forewarn), “front” (forehead; forefront), “preceding” ( forefather), “superior” (foreman).
[comb. form representing Middle English, Old English fore in front, before, c. Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura]
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References in classic literature ?
The fore- and-aft rig in its simplicity and the beauty of its aspect under every angle of vision is, I believe, unapproachable.
"Now they'll swill coffee an' play checkers till the cows come home," said Dan, as Uncle Salters hustled Penn into the fore- cabin.
The whale struck the Mary Turner just aft of the fore- shroud.