Definition of abeam in English:


Syllabification: a·beam
Pronunciation: /əˈbēm


  • 1On a line at right angles to a ship’s or an aircraft’s length.
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    • After burning down fuel, we flew by the ship, close abeam.
    • The ship won't point into the wind, you have to have the wind astern or at least abeam.
    • Because the ram was the only ship-smashing weapon available, fleets fought in line abeam so as to present as many rams to the enemy as possible.
  • 1.1 (abeam of) Opposite the middle of (a ship or aircraft): she was lying almost abeam of us [as preposition]: before I knew it, I was abeam the ship
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    • He instructed an exhausted, unqualified third mate to turn the ship when it came abeam of Busby Island.
    • The airplane impacted a swampy area inverted, abeam of the departure end of Runway 20 and about 120 south of the runway.
    • For unknown reasons, as it crossed the bar, the vessel turned northwest bringing it abeam of the breaking waves.


mid 19th century: from a-2 (expressing general direction) + beam.

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