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



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 OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘backwards’): from a- ‘to, towards’ (expressing motion) + archaic baft ‘in the rear’.
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