abeam /əˈbiːm/


I. adverb

1. on a line at right angles to a ship’s or an aircraft’s length.

the lighthouse was abeam at noon.
2. ( abeam of) opposite the middle of (a ship or aircraft)

she was lying almost abeam of us
[as prep.]
before I knew it, I was abeam the ship.
– origin mid 19th cent.: from a-2 (expressing general direction) + beam.

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