Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Fore-topgallant adjective (Nautical) Designating the mast, sail, yard, etc., above the topmast; as, the fore-topgallant sail. See Sail .
Fore-topmast noun (Nautical) The mast erected at the head of the foremast, and at the head of which stands the fore-topgallant mast. See Ship .
Fore-topsail noun (Nautical) See Sail .
Forestry noun [ Confer Old French foresterie .] The art of forming or of cultivating forests; the management of growing timber.
Foreswart, Foreswart adjective
[ Obsolete] See Forswat .
Foretaste noun A taste beforehand; enjoyment in advance; anticipation.
Foretaste transitive verb
1. To taste before full possession; to have previous enjoyment or experience of; to anticipate. 2. To taste before another. " Foretasted fruit." Milton.
Foretaster noun One who tastes beforehand, or before another.
Foreteach transitive verb To teach beforehand. [ Obsolete]
Foretell transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Foretold
; present participle & verbal noun Foretelling
.] To predict; to tell before occurence; to prophesy; to foreshow.
Deeds then undone my faithful tongue foretold . Pope.
Prodigies, foretelling the future eminence and luster of his character. C. Middleton. Syn.
-- To predict; prophesy; prognosticate; augur.
Foretell intransitive verb To utter predictions. Acts iii. 24.
Foreteller noun One who predicts. Boyle.
Forethink transitive verb 1. To think beforehand; to anticipate in the mind; to prognosticate.
The soul of every man Shak. 2. To contrive (something) beforehend.
Prophetically doth forethink thy fall.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
Forethink intransitive verb To contrive beforehand. [ Obsolete]
Forethought adjective Thought of, or planned, beforehand; aforethought; prepense; hence, deliberate. " Forethought malice." Bacon.
Forethought noun A thinking or planning beforehand; prescience; premeditation; forecast; provident care.
A sphere that will demand from him forethought , courage, and wisdom. I. Taylor.
Forethoughtful adjective Having forethought. [ R.]
Foretime noun The past; the time before the present. "A very dim foretime ." J. C. Shairp.
[ Anglo-Saxon foretācen
. See Token
.] Prognostic; previous omen. Sir P. Sidney.
Foretoken transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Foretokened
; present participle & verbal noun Foretokening
.] [ Anglo-Saxon foretācnian
; fore + tācnian
.] To foreshow; to presignify; to prognosticate.
Whilst strange prodigious signs foretoken blood. Daniel.
1. The hair on the forepart of the head; esp., a tuft or lock of hair which hangs over the forehead, as of a horse. 2. That part of a headdress that is in front; the top of a periwig. 3. (Nautical) The platform at the head of the foremast.
Forever (fŏr*ĕv"ẽr) adverb [ For , preposition + ever .] Forever and ever , an emphatic "forever." Syn. -- Constantly; continually; invariably; unchangeably; incessantly; always; perpetually; unceasingly; ceaselessly; interminably; everlastingly; endlessly; eternally.
1. Through eternity; through endless ages; eternally. 2. At all times; always. » In England, for and ever are usually written and printed as two separate words; but, in the United States, the general practice is to make but a single word of them.
Forevouched (fōr*voucht") adjective Formerly vouched or avowed; affirmed in advance. [ R.] Shak.
(fōr"ward`) noun The van; the front.
My foreward shall be drawn out all in length, Shak.
Consisting equally of horse and foot.
(fōr*warn") transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Forewarned
(-warnd"); present participle & verbal noun Forewarning
.] To warn beforehand; to give previous warning, admonition, information, or notice to; to caution in advance.
We were forewarned of your coming. Shak.
Forewaste transitive verb See Forewaste . Gascoigne.
Forewend transitive verb [ Fore + wend .] To go before. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forewish transitive verb To wish beforehand.
Forewit noun 1. A leader, or would-be leader, in matters of knowledge or taste.
Nor that the forewits , that would draw the rest unto their liking, always like the best. B. Jonson. 2. Foresight; prudence.
Let this forewit guide thy thought. Southwell.
Forewite transitive verb
[ present indic. sing., 1st & 3d pers. Forewot
, 2d person Forewost plural Forewiten
; imperfect sing. Forewiste
, plural Forewisten
; present participle & verbal noun Forewiting
.] [ Anglo-Saxon forewitan
. See Wit
to know.] To foreknow.
[ Obsolete] [ Written also forwete
; plural Forewomen A woman who is chief; a woman who has charge of the work or workers in a shop or other place; a head woman. Tatler. W. Besant.
Foreword noun A preface. Furnvall.
[ See Forworn
.] Worn out; wasted; used up.
Old foreworn stories almost forgotten. Brydges.
Forewot present indic., 1st & 3d pers. sing. of Forewite .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Foreyard noun (Nautical) The lowermost yard on the foremast.
[ See Illust.
Forfalture noun Forfeiture. [ Obsolete]
[ Middle English forfet
crime, penalty, French forfait
crime (LL. forefactum
), propast participle p. of forfaire
to forfeit, transgress, from Late Latin forifacere
, prop., to act beyond; Latin foris
out of doors, abroad, beyond + facere
to do. See Foreign
, and Fact
.] 1. Injury; wrong; mischief.
[ Obsolete & R.]
To seek arms upon people and country that never did us any forfeit . Ld. Berners. 2. A thing forfeit or forfeited; what is or may be taken from one in requital of a misdeed committed; that which is lost, or the right to which is alienated, by a crime, offense, neglect of duty, or breach of contract; hence, a fine; a mulct; a penalty; as, he who murders pays the forfeit of his life.
Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal Shak. 3. Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine; -- whence the game of forfeits .
Remit thy other forfeits .
Country dances and forfeits shortened the rest of the day. Goldsmith.
[ French forfait
, past participle of forfaire
. See Forfeit
] Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure.
Thy wealth being forfeit to the state. Shak.
To tread the forfeit paradise. Emerson.
Forfeit transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Forfeited
; present participle & verbal noun Forfeiting
.] [ Middle English forfeten
. See Forfeit
] To lose, or lose the right to, by some error, fault, offense, or crime; to render one's self by misdeed liable to be deprived of; to alienate the right to possess, by some neglect or crime; as, to forfeit an estate by treason; to forfeit reputation by a breach of promise; -- with to before the one acquiring what is forfeited.
[ They] had forfeited their property by their crimes. Burke.
Undone and forfeited to cares forever! Shak.
Forfeit intransitive verb 1. To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.
[ Obsolete] 2. To fail to keep an obligation.
I will have the heart of him if he forfeit . Shak.
Forfeit past participle or adjective In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation. Shak.
Once more I will renew Milton.
His lapsèd powers, though forfeite .
Forfeitable adjective Liable to be forfeited; subject to forfeiture.
For the future, uses shall be subject to the statutes of mortmain, and forfeitable , like the lands themselves. Blackstone.
Forfeiter noun One who incurs a penalty of forfeiture.
[ French forfeiture
, Late Latin forisfactura
.] 1. The act of forfeiting; the loss of some right, privilege, estate, honor, office, or effects, by an offense, crime, breach of condition, or other act.
Under pain of foreiture of the said goods. Hakluyt. 2. That which is forfeited; a penalty; a fine or mulct.
What should I gain Shak. Syn.
By the exaction of the forfeiture ?
-- Fine; mulct; amercement; penalty.
Forfend transitive verb
[ Prefix for-
. See Forewend
.] To prohibit; to forbid; to avert.
Which peril heaven forefend ! Shak.
» This is etymologically the preferable spelling.
Forfered past participle & adjective
[ See For-
, and Fear
.] Excessively alarmed; in great fear.
[ Obsolete] " Forfered
of his death." Chaucer.
Forfete intransitive verb
[ See Forfeit
.] To incur a penalty; to transgress.
And all this suffered our Lord Jesus Christ that never forfeted . Chaucer.
Forfex noun [ Latin ] A pair of shears. Pope.
Forficate adjective [ Latin forfex , forficis , shears.] (Zoology) Deeply forked, as the tail of certain birds.
[ Latin , small shears, scissors, dim. of forfex
shears.] (Zoology) A genus of insects including the earwigs. See Earwig , 1.