Abaft

  • 1 abaft — abaft, aft, astern are nautical terms meaning behind or to or at the rear (of). Abaft and aft are applied to objects or their positions in a ship. Abaft (opposed to afore) commonly suggests position relatively nearer the stern or rear part of the …

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  • 2 Abaft — A*baft ([.a]*b[.a]ft ), prep. [Pref. a on + OE. baft, baften, biaften, AS. be[ae]ftan; be by + [ae]ftan behind. See {After}, {Aft}, {By}.] (Naut.) Behind; toward the stern from; as, abaft the wheelhouse. [1913 Webster] {Abaft the beam}. See under …

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  • 3 Abaft — A*baft , adv. (Naut.) Toward the stern; aft; as, to go abaft. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 abaft — [ə baft′, əbäft′] adv. [ME o baft < OE on, ON + bæftan < be, BY + æftan, AFT1] at or toward the stern or rear of a ship; aft prep. Naut. to the rear of; behind [located just abaft the bridge] …

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  • 5 abaft — (adv.) 1590s, from Middle English on baft (O.E. on bæftan) backwards. The second component is itself a compound of be by (see BY (Cf. by)) and æftan aft (see AFT (Cf. aft)). The word has been saved by the sailors (the stern being the after part… …

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  • 6 abaft — [adj] to the rear astern, back, behind, rearward; concepts 586,820 …

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  • 7 abaft — ► ADVERB & PREPOSITION Nautical ▪ in or behind the stern of a ship. ORIGIN from archaic baft «in the rear» …

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  • 8 Abaft — (chimney). (If not qualified, abaft means behind the mid point of a ship or group of ships .) Note that unqualified or in the abaft the beam form, abaft does not necessarily refer to a point actually on the ship; it may refer to a point some… …

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  • 9 abaft — /euh baft , euh bahft /, Naut. prep. 1. to the rear of; aft of: the fife rail abaft the mainmast. adv. 2. in the direction of the stern; astern; aft. [1225 75; ME on baft, abaft, equiv. to A 1 and on ON + baft, OE baeftan contr. of be + aeftan.… …

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  • 10 abaft — 1. preposition Behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of abaft the wheelhouse. 2. adverb On the …

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  • 11 abaft — a•baft [[t]əˈbæft, əˈbɑft[/t]] Naut. 1) naut. navig. to the rear of; aft of; behind 2) naut. navig. toward the stern; astern; aft • Etymology: 1225–75; ME on baft, abaft= a I and on on+baft, OE bæftan contr. of be+æftan. See by I, aft I …

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  • 12 abaft — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from a + baft in the rear, from Old English bæftan, from be + æftan behind more at aft Date: 15th century toward or at the stern ; aft II. preposition Date: 1594 to the rear of; specifically toward the stern… …

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  • 13 abaft — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adv. aft, astern, behind. See rear. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. aft, astern, rearward, behind, back …

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  • 14 abaft —  Toward the stern, or rear, of a ship …

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  • 15 abaft — toward or at the stern of a ship; further aft Forthright s Forsoothery Nautical Terms …

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  • 16 abaft — a·baft || É™ bɑːft adv. in the direction of the stern (Nautical) …

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  • 17 abaft — [ə bα:ft] adverb & preposition Nautical in or behind the stern of a ship. Origin ME: from a 2 + archaic baft in the rear …

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  • 18 abaft — I. prep. (Naut.) Behind, back of, in the rear of. II. ad. (Naut.) Aft, astern, behind, back, rearward, in the rear …

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  • 19 abaft — /əˈbaft/ (say uh bahft) Nautical –preposition 1. in the rear of; behind. –adverb 2. at or towards the stern; aft. {Middle English, from a 1 + baft, Old English bæftan, be æftan. See by, aft} …

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  • 20 abaft — adv. & prep. Naut. adv. in the stern half of a ship. prep. nearer the stern than; aft of. Etymology: A(2) + baft f. OE beaeligftan f. be BY + aeligftan behind …

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