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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

abaft

\uh-BAFT\ , adjective;
1.
To the rear of; aft of.
2.
In a ship, to the rear.
Quotes:
We cover our anterior nakedness with some philosophy-Christian, Marxian, Freudo-Physicalist-but abaft we remain uncovered, at the mercy of all the winds of circumstance.
-- Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
We cover our anterior nakedness with some philosophy-Christian, Marxian, Freudo-Physicalist-but abaft we remain uncovered, at the mercy of all the winds of circumstance.
-- Peter J. Earle, The Barros Pawns
Origin:
Abaft travels into present-day usage from the Old English bæftan, a contraction of be, an early version of "by," and æftan, "behind."
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