1 [aft, ahft] Nautical, Aeronautics.
at, close to, or toward the stern or tail: Stow the luggage aft.
situated toward or at the stern or tail: The aft sail was luffing.

before 950; Middle English afte, Old English æftan from behind, equivalent to æf- opposite + -t- suffix of uncertain value + -an suffix marking motion from; cognate with Old Frisian efta, Old Saxon, Old High German aftan, Gothic aftana, Old Norse aptan, Greek opís(s)ō behind; not akin to Greek apó off Unabridged


2 [aft, ahft]
adverb Scot.



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aft (ɑːft)
adv, —adj
chiefly nautical towards or at the stern or rear: the aft deck; aft of the engines
[C17: perhaps a shortened form of earlier abaft]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. æftan "behind, farthest back," from superl. of O.E. æf, af, of "off," from P.Gmc. *af-, from PIE root *apo- "off, away" (cf. Goth. aftana "from behind;" see apo-). Now purely nautical.
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Example sentences
When the electrical harnesses came to be fitted in the forward and aft fuselage
  sections, many didn't connect with each other.
Its reflection created a path of light on the calm waters that led to the aft
  working deck.
Fire broke out at the aft end of the flight deck as the ship was preparing to
  launch the second strike of the day.
Water cannons bristle off the bow and the aft helicopter deck.
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