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abaft

Syllabification: a·baft
Pronunciation: /əˈbaft
 
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Nautical

Definition of abaft in English:

adverb

In or behind the stern of a ship.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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 'backward'): from a-2 (expressing motion) + archaic baft 'in the rear'.

Words that rhyme with abaft

aft, craft, daft, draft, draught, engraft, graft, haft, kraft, raft, shaft, understaffed, unstaffed, waft

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