Before, beforehand, going before, in front of, leading.
[Old English fore.]
Verbs, adjectives, and nouns containing this form have a general sense of being in front of something else, either in time or place. It can indicate a front part of the body: forehead, forearm, forebrain, foreleg, forelock. Several refer to parts of a sailing ship near the bows, such as foremast, foresail, forecastle (abbreviated to fo'c'sle), and forestay. Examples relating to time include forecast, foretell, foresee, forebear, forefather, and forestall. A foreword is a short introduction to a book; a forecourt is an open area in front of a building; a foreman or forewoman is a person in charge of others or one who presides over a jury; someone or something that is foremost is the most prominent in rank, importance, or position.