Definition of abaft in English:

abaft

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Pronunciation: /əˈbɑːft
 
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Nautical

adverb

  • In or behind the stern of a ship: a line of clouds was spotted abaft by the starboard lookout
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    • The swell was either just abaft or on the beam and at night you couldn't see it.
    • Terry looked abaft himself and saw that the fearsome man had indeed gone.
    • The blizzard made it impossible to see anything abaft of the bridge.

preposition

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  • Nearer the stern than; behind: the yacht has a shower just abaft the galley
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    • With this security he had established as his right a caboose abaft the funnel in the midships Bofors gunshield where the gun had been removed.
    • Dropping down abaft the bridge, the first thing to come into view was the funnel.
    • When a mainsail was set up in the correct place abaft the genoa, the strain on the headsail sheet was observed to rise considerably.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'backwards'): from a-2 (expressing motion) + archaic baft 'in the rear'.

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