Definition of foremast in English:



  • The mast of a ship nearest the bow.

    • ‘The Cross of St. George was to be flown from the foremasts of the English ships, while the Cross of St. Andrew was to be flown form the foremasts of the Scottish ships.’
    • ‘So it's completely logical that he flew the Union Jack at the foremast as an admiral of the fleet.’
    • ‘We followed in the footsteps of the crew along the flying walkway, passing under a large A-frame that supported the foremast.’
    • ‘At last a shot rang true, cutting the foremast of the frigate in two.’
    • ‘From a sheath mounted next to the foremast he pulled a long sword and, laying the smoke down on an air vent, with one thwack cut off the end.’
    • ‘You will get the gist of the action, and not miss out on anything, even if you don't know about topsails and foremasts.’
    • ‘This he mounted on the cap of the foremast to give the ship a striking and original look.’
    • ‘Looking up, I could see the foremast as usual surrounded by clouds of baitfish and, hanging ominously among them, barracuda.’
    • ‘The tallest mast in the middle is the mainmast, and the mast closest to the bow - that's the front of the boat - is the foremast.’
    • ‘They had their foremasts removed and their hulls reinforced with massive oak timbers to accommodate one or two powerful sea mortars of either 10-inch or 13-inch caliber.’
    • ‘The foremasts carried square-rigged sails, while the mainmasts carried a fore-and-aft-rigged mainsail and square-rigged top sail.’
    • ‘The foremast had broken and sloped down to the seabed, but the funnel still stood and the wooden planking of the stern deck was intact and clean.’
    • ‘Defence took possession and the foremast fell over the side.’
    • ‘A curious sight met their eyes as they came cautiously around the foremast.’
    • ‘When she got to the bow, she stopped, placing the foremast between them.’
    • ‘At the end of the third week at sea, a large barrel with a greased bung hole in the side is brought up from the hold and placed on deck, lashed to the foremast.’
    • ‘The safety of the increasingly dilapidated hulk is by no means assured and the situation is worsened when the foremast is damaged.’
    • ‘Except on small ships the main and foremasts always carried double mast tackles.’
    • ‘It was square-rigged on its foremasts and mainmasts, but used a lateen sail on the mizzen to help in tacking.’
    • ‘Large searchlights that had festooned the foremast lay collapsed beneath it on the seabed and her main fore guns were still trained menacingly to port.’
    spar, boom, yard, gaff, mainmast, topmast, mizzenmast, mizzen, royal mast
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