Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Forcipal adjective Forked or branched like a pair of forceps; constructed so as to open and shut like a pair of forceps. Sir T. Browne.
Forcipate, Forcipated adjective Like a pair of forceps; as, a forcipated mouth.
Forcipation noun Torture by pinching with forceps or pinchers. Bacon.
[ From 3d Force
] (Chemistry) A gelatin dynamite in which the dope is composed largely of sodium nitrate.
Forcut transitive verb To cut completely; to cut off. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Anglo-Saxon ford
; akin to German furt
, Icelandic fjörðr
bay, and to English fare
. √ 78. See Fare
, intransitive verb
, and confer Frith
arm of the sea.] 1. A place in a river, or other water, where it may be passed by man or beast on foot, by wading.
He swam the Esk river where ford there was none. Sir W. Scott. 2. A stream; a current.
With water of the ford Spenser.
Or of the clouds.
Permit my ghost to pass the Stygian ford . Dryden.
Ford transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Forded
; present participle & verbal noun Fording
.] To pass or cross, as a river or other water, by wading; to wade through.
His last section, which is no deep one, remains only to be forted . Milton.
Fordable adjective Capable of being forded. -- Ford"a*ble*ness , noun
Fordless adjective Without a ford.
A deep and fordless river. Mallock.
Fordo transitive verb
[ Middle English fordon
, Anglo-Saxon ford...n
; prefix for-
to do. See For-
, and Do
, intransitive verb
] 1. To destroy; to undo; to ruin.
This is the night Shak. 2. To overcome with fatigue; to exhaust. M. Arnold.
That either makes me or fordoes me quite.
All with weary task fordone . Shak.
[ See Fordo
.] Undone; ruined.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Fordrive transitive verb To drive about; to drive here and there. [ Obsolete] Rom. of R.
Fordrunken adjective Utterly drunk; very drunk. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fordry adjective Entirely dry; withered. [ Obsolete] "A tree fordry ." Chaucer.
Fordwine intransitive verb To dwindle away; to disappear. [ Obsolete] Rom of R.
[ Anglo-Saxon f...r
, from faran
to go. See Fare
, intransitive verb
] Journey; way; method of proceeding.
[ Obsolete] "Follow him and his fore
[ Anglo-Saxon fore
, adverb & preposition , another form of for
. See For
, and confer Former
.] 1. In the part that precedes or goes first; -- opposed to aft , after , back , behind , etc. 2. Formerly; previously; afore.
[ Obsolete or Colloq.]
The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are. Shak. 3. (Nautical) In or towards the bows of a ship. Fore and aft (Nautical)
, from stem to stern; lengthwise of the vessel; -- in distinction from athwart . R. H. Dana, Jr.
-- Fore-and-aft rigged (Nautical)
, not rigged with square sails attached to yards, but with sails bent to gaffs or set on stays in the midship line of the vessel. See Schooner , Sloop , Cutter .
[ See Fore
] Advanced, as compared with something else; toward the front; being or coming first, in time, place, order, or importance; preceding; anterior; antecedent; earlier; forward; -- opposed to back or behind ; as, the fore part of a garment; the fore part of the day; the fore and of a wagon.
The free will of the subject is preserved, while it is directed by the fore purpose of the state. Southey.
is much used adjectively or in composition. Fore bay
, a reservoir or canal between a mill race and a water wheel; the discharging end of a pond or mill race.
-- Fore body (Shipbuilding)
, the part of a ship forward of the largest cross-section, distinguished from middle body and after body .
-- Fore boot
, a receptacle in the front of a vehicle, for stowing baggage, etc.
-- Fore bow
, the pommel of a saddle. Knight.
-- Fore cabin
, a cabin in the fore part of a ship, usually with inferior accommodations.
-- Fore carriage
. (a) The forward part of the running gear of a four-wheeled vehicle. (b) A small carriage at the front end of a plow beam.
-- Fore course (Nautical)
, the lowermost sail on the foremost of a square-rigged vessel; the foresail. See Illust. under Sail .
-- Fore door
. Same as Front door .
-- Fore edge
, the front edge of a book or folded sheet, etc.
-- Fore elder
, an ancestor.
[ Prov. Eng.] -- Fore end
. (a) The end which precedes; the earlier, or the nearer, part; the beginning.
I have . . . paid Shak. (b) In firearms, the wooden stock under the barrel, forward of the trigger guard, or breech frame.
More pious debts to heaven, than in all
The fore end of my time.
-- Fore girth
, a girth for the fore part (of a horse, etc.); a martingale.
-- Fore hammer
, a sledge hammer, working alternately, or in time, with the hand hammer.
-- Fore leg
, one of the front legs of a quadruped, or multiped, or of a chair, settee, etc.
-- Fore peak (Nautical)
, the angle within a ship's bows; the portion of the hold which is farthest forward.
-- Fore piece
, a front piece, as the flap in the fore part of a sidesaddle, to guard the rider's dress.
-- Fore plane
, a carpenter's plane, in size and use between a jack plane and a smoothing plane. Knight.
-- Fore reading
, previous perusal.
[ Obsolete] Hales.
-- Fore rent
, in Scotland, rent payable before a crop is gathered.
-- Fore sheets (Nautical)
, the forward portion of a rowboat; the space beyond the front thwart. See Stern sheets .
-- Fore shore
. (a) A bank in advance of a sea wall, to break the force of the surf. (b) The seaward projecting, slightly inclined portion of a breakwater. Knight. (c) The part of the shore between high and low water marks.
-- Fore sight
, that one of the two sights of a gun which is near the muzzle.
-- Fore tackle (Nautical)
, the tackle on the foremast of a ship.
-- Fore topmast
. (Nautical) See Fore-topmast , in the Vocabulary.
- - Fore wind
, a favorable wind.
Sailed on smooth seas, by fore winds borne. Sandys.
-- Fore world
, the antediluvian world.
[ R.] Southey.
Fore noun The front; hence, that which is in front; the future. At the fore (Nautical) , at the fore royal masthead; -- said of a flag, so raised as a signal for sailing, etc. -- To the fore . (a) In advance; to the front; to a prominent position; in plain sight; in readiness for use. (b) In existence; alive; not worn out, lost, or spent, as money, etc. [ Irish] "While I am to the fore ." W. Collins. "How many captains in the regiment had two thousand pounds to the fore ?" Thackeray.
Fore preposition Before; -- sometimes written 'fore as if a contraction of afore or before . [ Obsolete]
Fore part, Forepart noun The part most advanced, or first in time or in place; the beginning.
Fore tooth plural Fore teeth (Anat.) One of the teeth in the forepart of the mouth; an incisor.
Foreadmonish transitive verb To admonish beforehand, or before the act or event. Bp. Hall.
Foreadvise transitive verb To advise or counsel before the time of action, or before the event. Shak.
Foreallege transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Forealleged
; present participle & verbal noun Forealleging
.] To allege or cite before. Fotherby.
Foreappoint transitive verb To set, order, or appoint, beforehand. Sherwood.
Foreappointment noun Previous appointment; preordinantion. Sherwood.
Forearm transitive verb To arm or prepare for attack or resistance before the time of need. South.
Forearm noun (Anat.) That part of the arm or fore limb between the elbow and wrist; the antibrachium.
Forebeam noun The breast beam of a loom.
Forebear noun An ancestor. See Forbear .
Forebode transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Foreboded
; present participle & verbal noun Foreboding
.] [ Anglo-Saxon forebodian
; fore + bodian
to announce. See Bode transitive verb
] 1. To foretell. 2. To be prescient of (some ill or misfortune); to have an inward conviction of, as of a calamity which is about to happen; to augur despondingly.
His heart forebodes a mystery. Tennyson.
Sullen, desponding, and foreboding nothing but wars and desolation, as the certain consequence of Cæsar's death. Middleton.
I have a sort of foreboding about him. H. James. Syn.
-- To foretell; predict; prognosticate; augur; presage; portend; betoken.
Forebode intransitive verb To foretell; to presage; to augur.
If I forebode aright. Hawthorne.
Forebode noun Prognostication; presage. [ Obsolete]
Forebodement noun The act of foreboding; the thing foreboded.
Foreboder noun One who forebodes.
Foreboding noun Presage of coming ill; expectation of misfortune.
Forebodingly adverb In a foreboding manner.
Forebrace noun (Nautical) A rope applied to the fore yardarm, to change the position of the foresail.
Forebrain noun (Anat.) The anterior of the three principal divisions of the brain, including the prosencephalon and thalamencephalon. Sometimes restricted to the prosencephalon only. See Brain .
.] Near; hard by; along; past. See Forby . Spenser.
Forecast transitive verb 1. To plan beforehand; to scheme; to project.
He shall forecast his devices against the strongholds. Dan. xi. 24. 2. To foresee; to calculate beforehand, so as to provide for.
It is wisdom to consider the end of things before we embark, and to forecast consequences. L'Estrange.
Forecast intransitive verb To contrive or plan beforehand.
If it happen as I did forecast . Milton.
Forecast noun Previous contrivance or determination; predetermination.
He makes this difference to arise from the forecast and predetermination of the gods themselves. Addison. 2. Foresight of consequences, and provision against them; prevision; premeditation.
His calm, deliberate forecast better fitted him for the council than the camp. Prescott.
Forecaster noun One who forecast. Johnson.
Forecastle noun (Nautical) (a) A short upper deck forward, formerly raised like a castle, to command an enemy's decks. (b) That part of the upper deck of a vessel forward of the foremast, or of the after part of the fore channels. (c) In merchant vessels, the forward part of the vessel, under the deck, where the sailors live.
Forechosen adjective Chosen beforehand.
Forecited adjective Cited or quoted before or above. Arbuthnot.
Foreclose transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Foreclosed
; present participle & verbal noun Foreclosing
.] [ French forclos
, past participle of forclore
to exclude; Old French fors
, French hors
, except, outside (fr. Latin foris
outside) + French clore
to close. See Foreign
, and Close
, transitive verb
] To shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar; to exclude.
The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade. Carew. To foreclose a mortgager (Law)
, to cut him off by a judgment of court from the power of redeeming the mortgaged premises, termed his equity of redemption .
-- To foreclose a mortgage
, (not technically correct, but often used to signify) the obtaining a judgment for the payment of an overdue mortgage, and the exposure of the mortgaged property to sale to meet the mortgage debt. Wharton.
Foreclosure noun The act or process of foreclosing; a proceeding which bars or extinguishes a mortgager's right of redeeming a mortgaged estate.