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abeam

[uh-beem] /əˈbim/
adverb
1.
Nautical, Aeronautics. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line:
The vessel was sailing with the wind directly abeam.
2.
directly abreast the middle of a ship's side.
Origin of abeam
1830-1840
1830-40; a-1 + beam
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  • We will suppose that you have luffed around the first mark, and the next leg is a run with the wind aft of abeam.

  • She was abeam now, a mile away; how slow they were in running up an answer!

    The Relief of Mafeking Filson Young
  • abeam—At right angles to the length of the vessel, as a dock is abeam when it bears directly off one side.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • Before all the canvas could be reduced the hurricane struck her abeam.

    Roger Willoughby William H. G. Kingston
  • The full force of the torrent struck her abeam, and away she swept down-stream like a thing possessed.

  • When he first heard the pursuer's boat, it was just abeam of the Isabel.

    Watch and Wait Oliver Optic
  • The abeam arm fork is a curved timber scarphed, tabled, and bolted for additional security where the openings are large.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The ominous thing was, they did not, as they might have expected, see her on the quarter but abeam.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • Still, the sea struck her abeam, forcing her bodily to leeward, and heaving the lower yardarms into the ocean.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • This would bring the combers upon her quarter, or, worse still, abeam.

    The Protector Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for abeam

abeam

/əˈbiːm/
adverb, adjective
1.
(postpositive) at right angles to the length and directly opposite the centre of a vessel or aircraft
Word Origin
C19: a-² + beam
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Word Origin and History for abeam
adv.

"at right angles to the keel," c.1836, nautical, literally "on beam;" see a- (1) + beam (n.).

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