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Definition of abaft adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

abaft

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//əˈbɑːft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbæft//
 
(specialist) Parts of boats and ships
 
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in or behind the stern (= back end) of a ship See related entries: Parts of boats and ships Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘backwards’): from a- ‘to, towards’ (expressing motion) + archaic baft ‘in the rear’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abaft