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fore- +‎ reach


forereach (third-person singular simple present forereaches, present participle forereaching, simple past and past participle forereached)

  1. (nautical) To shoot ahead, especially when going in stays.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. H. Dana, Jr. to this entry?)
  2. (nautical) To advance or gain upon; said of a vessel that gains upon another when sailing close-hauled.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for forereach in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)