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fore·yard

 (fôr′yärd′)
n. Nautical
The lowest yard on a foremast.
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foreyard

(ˈfɔːˌjɑːd)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical a yard for supporting the foresail of a square-rigger
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The foreyards ran round with a great noise, amidst cheery cries.
At daylight by careful manipula- tion of the helm we got the foreyards to run square by themselves (the water keeping smooth) and then went about hauling the ropes tight.
We had been driven far south - much farther that way than we had meant to go; and suddenly, up there in the slings of the foreyard, in the midst of our work, I felt my shoulder gripped with such force in the carpenter's powerful paw that I positively yelled with unexpected pain.