abaft

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Etymology[edit]

From a-(on) + Middle English baft, baften, biaften, Old English beæftan; be(by) (modern English by) + æftan(behind) (modern English after).[1][2] See also aft.

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abaft

  1. (nautical) Behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of. [First attested around the late 15th century.][3]
    abaft the wheelhouse.

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abaft ‎(comparative more abaft, superlative most abaft)

  1. (nautical, obsolete) Backwards. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 15th century.][3]
  2. (nautical) On the aft side; in the stern. [First attested in the early 17th century.][3]
    with the wind abaft
    The mate sleeps abaft

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, William, editor (1969) The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, New York, NY: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., ISBN 0-395-09066-0, published 1971, page 1
  2. ^ Urdang, Laurence, editor (1975) The Random House College Dictionary, New York, NY: Random House, Inc., ISBN 0-394-43600-8, published 1984, page 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 2