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Definition of aft

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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



Definition of aft (Entry 2 of 5)

: rearward, after sense 2 the aft decks


Definition of aft (Entry 3 of 5)

Scottish variant of

Definition of aft (Entry 4 of 5)


Definition of AFT (Entry 5 of 5)

1 American Federation of Teachers
2 automatic fine-tuning

Synonyms & Antonyms for aft

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of aft in a Sentence

Adverb We stood on the ship's deck facing aft. The plane's exits are located fore and aft. Adjective the ship's fore and aft cabins The fore and aft exits can both be used in an emergency.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb First developed by Wien Air Alaska, the plane featured a flexible partition that could be moved forward or aft, depending on the amount of cargo being shipped. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2022 Functioning as a sea-view terrace complete with aft-facing sofa and glass bulwarks, its elevated position also increases the ceiling height in the semi-open beach club on the deck below. Richard Alban, Robb Report, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The aft sections of the bulwarks also unfold to create terraces over the water. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2022 The 80 will have an owner’s deck with its own lounge, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, jacuzzi just forward of the main stateroom, and sheltered area for dining on the aft deck. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2022 At the opposite end, the aft deck is crowned by a huge infinity pool with accompanying sun lounges. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2022 Each of the 11 cabins is named after a Formula 1 racetrack, for example, including the aft-facing owner’s suite on the upper deck, Intercity Istanbul Park—also owned by Ak—that features a Jacuzzi and private terrace. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 11 Dec. 2021 If a decision were made to break apart the station and close the Node 1 module's aft hatch leading to the Russian segment, NASA may have emergency options. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2022 Shortly after takeoff, a Saudi Arabian Airlines Lockheed L-1011 initiates a return to Riyadh International Airport due to a fire in the aft cargo compartment. CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 There’s also a hidden aft garage that cleverly conceals two tenders, an inflatable catamaran and two tenders. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2022 Up top, the boat’s galley cleverly integrates the salon and aft seating area, with everything needed to cook and entertain all in one place. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aft


1580, in the meaning defined above


1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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- after entry 1, 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.


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: 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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