The front of a ship is called the fore, and the back is the "aft." A cruise ship might be so large that your cabin at the ship's fore is almost a quarter mile from your sister's in the aft.

Fore also refers more generally to something at or near the front, like someone who's at the fore of her profession as a pastry chef. As an adjective, fore also describes things close to the front — your puppy's fore legs are the ones in front. When golfers shout, "Fore!" it's a warning to watch out for the ball, or to "look ahead."

Definitions of fore
  1. adjective
    situated at or toward the bow of a vessel
    relating to or located in the front
    at or near or directed toward the front
    situated closest to the bow
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    (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail
    related to or located at the back
    located farther aft
    located closest to the stern or tail
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  2. noun
    front part of a vessel or aircraft
    synonyms: bow, prow, stem
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    type of:
    the side that is seen or that goes first
  3. adverb
    near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
    “the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments”
    synonyms: forward
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    abaft, aft, astern
    at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
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