\ ə-ˈbēm How to pronounce abeam (audio) \

Definition of abeam

: off to the side of a ship or plane especially at a right angle to the middle of the ship or plane's length

First Known Use of abeam

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abeam

a- entry 1 + beam entry 1

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The first known use of abeam was in 1810

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