abaft /əˈbɑːft / ‹Nautical›


I. adverb

in or behind the stern of a ship.

a line of clouds was spotted abaft by the starboard lookout.
II. preposition

nearer the stern than; behind.

the yacht has a shower just abaft the galley.
– origin Middle English (in the sense ‘backwards’): from a-2 (expressing motion) + archaic baft ‘in the rear’.

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