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abaft

[uh-baft, uh-bahft] /əˈbæft, əˈbɑft/
preposition
1.
to the rear of; aft of:
the fife rail abaft the mainmast.
adverb
2.
in the direction of the stern; astern; aft.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English on baft, abaft, equivalent to a-1 and on on + baft, Old English bæftan contraction of be + æftan. See by, aft
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Examples for abaft
  • The deckhouse abaft the pilothouse contains the pantry and the main saloon.
  • abaft the pilothouse is a riveted steel tower, atop which sits one of the deck monitors.
  • It is essential that the bridge notify the chief scientists if the ship's course will result in winds abaft the beam.
  • The after bunkroom is located aft abaft the electrical panel.
  • The next level, reached by stairs running inside abaft the galley, covers only half the area of the deckhouse.
British Dictionary definitions for abaft

abaft

/əˈbɑːft/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
closer to the stern than to another place on a vessel with the wind abaft
preposition
2.
behind; aft of abaft the mast
Word Origin
C13: on baft; baft from Old English beæftan, from be by + æftan behind
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Word Origin and History for abaft
abaft
O.E. on bæftan "backwards," the second component itself a compound of be "by" + æftan "aft" (see aft). Since M.E. used exclusively of ships, the stern being the "after" part of a vessel.
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