foresheet

fore·sheet

 (fôr′shēt′)
n. Nautical
1. A rope used in trimming a foresail.
2. foresheets The space near the bow of an open boat.
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foresheet

(ˈfɔːˌʃiːt)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) the sheet of a foresail
2. (Nautical Terms) (plural) the part forward of the foremost thwart of a boat
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fore•sheet

(ˈfɔrˌʃit, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
1. the sheet of a headsail.
2. foresheets, (used with a pl. v.) the forward space in an open boat.
[1660–70]
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Translations

foresheet

n (Naut) → Fockschot f
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Over and above the darkness and the mystery of the procession, Harvey could feel the land close round him once more, with all its thousands of people asleep, and the smell of earth after rain, and the familiar noise of a switching-engine coughing to herself in a freight-yard; and all those things made his heart beat and his throat dry up as he stood by the foresheet. They heard the anchor-watch snoring on a lighthouse-tug, nosed into a pocket of darkness where a lantern glimmered on either side; somebody waked with a grunt, threw them a rope, and they made fast to a silent wharf flanked with great iron-roofed sheds full of warm emptiness, and lay there without a sound.
Two of the enemy's men entered the boat just where this fellow stood in the foresheets; he immediately saluted them with a ladle full of the stuff, boiling hot which so burned and scalded them, being half-naked that they roared out like bulls, and, enraged with the fire, leaped both into the sea.
Finally with Mitchey for company I settled for the night between the fishbox and the first thwart in the foresheets. I pulled the canvas a bit free away from the prow for ventilation.