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fore-and-aft rigged Explained

Fore-and-aft rigged at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Fore \Fore\, adv. [AS. fore, adv. & prep., another form of for.
See {For}, and cf. {Former}, {Foremost}.]
1. In the part that precedes or goes first; -- opposed to
aft, after, back, behind, etc.

2. Formerly; previously; afore. [Obs. or Colloq.]

The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are. --Shak.

3. (Naut.) In or towards the bows of a ship.

{Fore and aft} (Naut.), from stem to stern; lengthwise of the
vessel; -- in distinction from athwart. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

{Fore-and-aft rigged} (Naut.), not rigged with square sails
attached to yards, but with sails bent to gaffs or set on
stays in the midship line of the vessel. See {Schooner},
{Sloop}, {Cutter}.