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Fore peak at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Peak \Peak\, n. [OE. pek, AS. peac, perh of Celtic origin; cf.
Ir. peac a sharp-pointed thing. Cf. {Pike}.]
1. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates
in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap. ``Run your
beard into a peak.'' --Beau. & Fl.

2. The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or
range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or
mountain, esp. when isolated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.

Silent upon a peak in Darien. --Keats.

3. (Naut.)
(a) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; --
used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards,
peak-brails, etc.
(b) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within
it.
(c) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill. [In the
last sense written also {pea} and {pee}.]

{Fore peak}. (Naut.) See under {Fore}.

Fore \Fore\, a. [See {Fore}, adv.]
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.

Note: Fore 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, distinguisched from middle body abd
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} (Naut.), 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 More pious debts to heaven, than
in all The fore end of my time. --Shak.
(b) In firearms, the wooden stock under the barrel, forward
of the trigger guard, or breech frame.

{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} (Naut.), 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. [Obs.] --Hales.

{Fore rent}, in Scotland, rent payable before a crop is
gathered.

{Fore sheets} (Naut.), 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} (Naut.), the tackle on the foremast of a ship.


{Fore topmast}. (Naut.) See {Fore-topmast}, in the
Vocabulary.

{Fore wind}, a favorable wind. [Obs.]

Sailed on smooth seas, by fore winds borne.
--Sandys.

{Fore world}, the antediluvian world. [R.] --Southey.