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abaft

adverb

Definition of abaft

  1. :  toward or at the stern :  aft



Examples of abaft

  1. <the lookout in the crow's nest warned that there was an enemy frigate abaft and bearing down hard on their ship>



Origin of abaft

Middle English, from a- + baft in the rear, from Old English bæftan, from be- + æftan behind — more at aft


First Known Use: 15th century


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abaft

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preposition \ə-ˈbaft\

Definition of abaft

  1. :  to the rear of; specifically :  toward the stern from



Examples of abaft

  1. <a school of porpoises swam abaft the fishing boat>



1594

First Known Use of abaft

1594



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