fore

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
    Synonyms:
    front
    relating to or located in the front
    forward
    at or near or directed toward the front
    foremost
    situated closest to the bow
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    Antonyms:
    aft
    (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail
    back
    related to or located at the back
    after
    located farther aft
    aftermost
    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:
    front
    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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    Antonyms:
    abaft, aft, astern
    at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
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