American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Toward the stern.
- prep. Toward the stern from.
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).
GNU Webster's 1913
- prep. (Naut.) Behind; toward the stern from.
- adv. (Naut.) Toward the stern; aft.
- 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)
“The bunk next on the port side to the cook's and abaft of it”
“The next one abaft of his own he named "Killeny Boy's," and called on”
“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.”
“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.”
“She's been needing new timbers abaft the beam there for years," quoth Captain Glass.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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