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aft

adverb \ ˈaft \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of aft

: near, toward, or in the stern of a ship or the tail of an aircraft
  • called all hands aft

Examples of aft in a Sentence

  1. We stood on the ship's deck facing aft.

  2. The plane's exits are located fore and aft.

Origin and Etymology of aft

Middle English afte "back," going back to Old English æftan "behind, from behind," going back to Germanic *aftana (whence Old Saxon at aftan "last," Middle High German aften "behind, later," Old Norse aptan "from behind, behind," Gothic aftana "from behind"), from *aft- "behind" (probably secondarily from *after- 1after, parsed as aft- + -er-) + -ana "from (a place)"
Note: The suffix -(a)na has been traced to a putative Indo-European *-nē (in pre-laryngealist terms), to be found in Sanskrit vinā "without," Latin superne "from above," inferne "from below," Old Church Slavic vŭně "outside." All these compared elements can be given other explanations, however, and the origin of the suffix is not clear.

aft Synonyms

Synonyms
abaft, astern, sternward (or sternwards)
Antonyms
fore, forward
Related Words
after, back, backward (or backwards), behind, posteriorly, rearward (also rearwards)
Near Antonyms
anteriorly; ahead, before

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


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aft

adjective

Definition of aft

: rearward, after 2
  • the aft decks

Examples of aft in a Sentence

  1. the ship's fore and aft cabins

  2. The fore and aft exits can both be used in an emergency.

Origin and Etymology of aft

derivative of 1aft

aft Synonyms

Synonyms
back, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward
Antonyms
anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal
Related Words
dorsal
Near Antonyms
ventral

Other Nautical Terms


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aft

Definition of aft

  • Scottish variant of

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aft

abbreviation

Definition of aft

afternoon

AFT

abbreviation

Definition of AFT

1 American Federation of Teachers
2 automatic fine-tuning


AFT Defined for English Language Learners

aft

adverb

Definition of aft for English Language Learners

  • : towards or at the back part of a boat, ship, or airplane


aft

adjective

Definition of aft for English Language Learners

  • : located at the back of a boat, ship, or airplane


AFT Defined for Kids

aft

adverb \ ˈaft \

Definition of aft for Students

: toward or at the back part of a ship or the tail of an aircraft
  • We stood on the ship's deck facing aft.


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