abaft

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈbɑːft/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ə baft, ə bäft)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•baft  (ə baft, ə bäft),USA pronunciation [Naut.]
prep. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsto the rear of;
    aft of:the fife rail abaft the mainmast.

adv. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsin the direction of the stern;
    astern;
    aft.
  • Middle English on baft, abaft, equivalent. to a-1 and on on + baft, Old English bæftan contraction of be + æftan. See by, aft 1225–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abaft /əˈbɑːft/ adv , adj (postpositive)
  1. closer to the stern than to another place on a vessel
prep
  1. behind; aft of
Etymology: 13th Century: on baft; baft from Old English beæftan, from be by + æftan behind
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