aft

adverb
\ˈaft \

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

aft

adjective

Definition of aft (Entry 2 of 5)

: rearward, after sense 2 the aft decks

aft

Definition of aft (Entry 3 of 5)

Scottish variant of

aft

abbreviation (1)

Definition of aft (Entry 4 of 5)

afternoon

Definition of AFT (Entry 5 of 5)

1 American Federation of Teachers

2 automatic fine-tuning

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aft

Synonyms: Adverb

abaft, astern, sternward (or sternwards)

Synonyms: Adjective

after, back, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

Antonyms: Adverb

fore, forward

Antonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal

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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.
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First Known Use of aft

Adverb

1580, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aft

Adverb

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.

Adjective

derivative of aft entry 1

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The first known use of aft was in 1580

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More Definitions for aft

aft

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of aft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

aft

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aft (Entry 2 of 2)

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

aft

adverb
\ˈaft \

Kids Definition of aft

: 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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