American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Side by side: ships docked two abreast.
- adv. Up to date: keeping abreast of the latest developments.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Side by side, with breasts in a line: as, “the riders rode abreast,” Dryden.
- Nautical: Lying or moving side by side, with stems equally advanced. When used to indicate the situation of a vessel in regard to another object, opposite; over against; lying so that the object is on a line with the beam: in this sense with of.
- Figuratively, up to the same pitch or level: used with of or with: as, to keep abreast of the times in science, etc. At the same time; simultaneously.
- adv. obsolete : At the same time; simultaneously
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Side by side, with breasts in a line.”
- adv. (Naut.) Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam; -- with
- adv. Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced.
- adv. obsolete At the same time; simultaneously.
- adj. being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge
- adv. alongside each other, facing in the same direction
- From Middle English a ("on") + brest ("breast"), in sense “breasts (chests) in line, side-by-side and exactly equally advanced”; roughly “breast-by-breast”. (Wiktionary)
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“But at that point, the picture began to change so rapidly that the symposium papers had to be revised for publication to remain abreast of international political developments.”
“Ticketholders were lined up four abreast from the entrance gate in a line that stretched 400 yards to Washington Road, which borders part of the property.”
“Certainly, to remain abreast of the rest of the world we must make some progress.”
“After a long time, an hour or more, two other nurses marched in abreast like soldiers, with a great clumping of sabots, and knotted the corpse up in the sheets, but it was not removed till some time later.”
“As they drew in abreast, Corry recognized him and halted the dogs.”
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“Admiral Ting formed his ships in line abreast, that is side by side with every bow towards the enemy.”
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