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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
1830-1840
1830-40; a-1 + beam
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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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