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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈbæft/, /əˈbɑːft/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈbæft/, /əˈbɑft/
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- Rhymes: -ɑːft
- (nautical) Behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of. [First attested around the late 15th century.]
- The captain stood abaft the wheelhouse.
(nautical) behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of
- (nautical) On the aft side; in the stern. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- We drifted with the wind abaft.
- The mate sleeps abaft.
- (nautical, obsolete) Backwards. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 15th century.]
(nautical) on the aft side
- ^ Morris, William, editor (1969) The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, New York, NY: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., published 1971, →ISBN, page 1
- ^ Urdang, Laurence, editor (1975) The Random House College Dictionary, New York, NY: Random House, Inc., published 1984, →ISBN, page 1
- “abaft” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 2.