- The definition of fore and aft is an expression that means backwards and forwards.
If your car gets stuck in a snow bank, you may rock it fore and aft.
fore and aft definition by Webster's New World
- from the bow to the stern; lengthwise: sails rigged fore and aft
- at, in, or toward both the bow and the stern: lifeboats located fore and aft
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Naut. from the bow to the stern; lengthwise or set lengthwise, as sails
fore and aft definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Nautical a. From the bow of a ship to the stern; lengthwise.b. In, at, or toward both ends of a ship.
- In or at the front and back.
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Parallel with the length of a structure, such as a ship or house; running lengthwise.
fore and aft - Phrases/Idioms
Both front and back, everywhere, as in The children clung to the teacher fore and aft. This expression is nautical terminology for the bow, or front, and the stern, or back, of a vessel. Today it is also used more broadly. [First half of 1600s]