from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • preposition Toward the stern from.
  • adverb Toward the stern.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Nautical, behind; aft; in or at the back or hind part of a ship, or the parts which lie toward the stern: opposed to forward; relatively, further aft, or toward the stern: as, abaft the mainmast (astern).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • preposition (Naut.) Behind; toward the stern from.
  • preposition See under Beam.
  • adverb (Naut.) Toward the stern; aft.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English on baft : on, at; see on + baft, to the rear (from Old English beæftan, behind : be, by, at; see ambhi in Indo-European roots + æftan, behind; see apo- in Indo-European roots).]


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  • Charles Davis came abaft the 'midship-house, and, while we talked, many faces peered over the for'ard edge of the house and many forms slouched into view on the deck on each side of the house.


  • He made his way to the yam sacks lashed abaft the mizzenmast and got his bottle.


  • The next one abaft of his own he named "Killeny Boy's," and called on


  • The bunk next on the port side to the cook's and abaft of it


  • "She's been needing new timbers abaft the beam there for years," quoth Captain Glass.


  • Her interior was wholly rebuilt, so that the hold became main-cabin and staterooms, while abaft amidships were installed engines, a dynamo, an ice machine, storage batteries, and, far in the stern, gasoline tanks.

    Bunches of Knuckles

  • And then there's what Hyundai called the Ultimate package, a Maybach-like set of business-class power reclining seats in the back, with heating and massage; power headrests with tilt-in adjustable bolsters like some airline seats; a refrigerator in the center console, abaft of the rear seat/climate/entertainment control panel and 8-inch display; and three window shades for the full celebrity treatment.

    Hyundai's Ur-Luxury Horse of a Different Dolor

  • Fidel Castro started his life journey from a sugar cane farm in Cuba 80 years ago; stood in the abaft and victoriously led the Cubans in the rebellion against the Batistans at the age of 32.

    '634 Ways to Kill Fidel Castro' details the survival of a dictatorship

  • A nao was a Portuguese term nef or nau in French for a full-rigged round ship, with large square-rigged sails on two or three masts, sometimes with a lateen-rigged mizzen and a smaller mast called a bonaventure abaft the mizzen.

    Champlain's Dream

  • At sea a bonaventure was the French name for a very short mizzen mast, stepped abaft a tall mainmast—in much the same way that this young Indian lad tagged along behind the governor.

    Champlain's Dream


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