from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Toward the stern.
- prep. Toward the stern from.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. Behind; toward the stern from.
- adv. Toward the stern; aft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)