from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. At, in, toward, or close to the stern of a vessel or the rear of an aircraft or spacecraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The stern portion of a vessel.
- adv. At, near, or towards the stern of a vessel (with the frame of reference within the vessel).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Near or towards the stern of a vessel; astern; abaft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, in, near, or toward the stern of a ship: as, the aft part of the ship; haul aft the main-sheet, that is, further toward the stern.
- Oft; often.
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
- adj. (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail
Middle English afte, back, from Old English æftan, behind; see apo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English æftan ("behind"); originally superlative of of ("off"). See after. (Wiktionary)