to the rear of; aft of:
the fife rail abaft the mainmast.
in the direction of the stern; astern; aft.
The sounds seem as if they are coming from the right now abaft the beam, if anything.
Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
The sound came from abaft his beam and his disquietude increased.
Blow The Man Down Holman Day
On the gratings around the stern, abaft the wheel, they laid her on soft cushions.
The Pirate Woman Aylward Edward Dingle
Up with your helm, abaft there, and let her go off square before the wind!
The Missing Merchantman Harry Collingwood
That part of the cable which is abaft the bitts, and therefore within board when the ship rides at anchor.
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth
“I’m on the port side just abaft the pantry,” I answered, shaking him by the hand.
A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
The three of them stood by the rail just abaft the pilot house when the Arrow turned into the half-mile breadth of Folly Bay.
Poor Man’s Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
Luxury starts from abaft, and is not wholly lost, even at the fore-peak.
The Three Cutters Captain Frederick Marryat
There were no deck lamps; the two skylights diffused but a sickly radiance, and I was abaft the side-lights.
The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
There was a capstan just abaft the mainmast, and here the men assembled.
The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
closer to the stern than to another place on a vessel: with the wind abaft
behind; aft of: abaft the mast
“in or at the back part of a ship” (opposed to forward), 1590s, from Middle English on baft (Old English on bæftan) “backwards.” The second component is itself a compound of be “by” (see by) and æftan “aft” (see aft). The word has been saved by the sailors (the stern being the “after” part of a vessel), the rest of the language having left it in Middle English.
one of the seven eunuchs who served in the court of King Ahasuerus. Esther 1:10. one of the seven eunuchs in Ahasuerus’s court (Esther 1:10; 2:21).
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a city in and the capital of the Khakass Autonomous Region in the Russian Federation in Asia, on the Yenisei River. an autonomous region in the Russian Federation, in S Siberia. 19,161 sq. mi. (49,627 sq. km). Capital: Abakan. noun a city in S central Russia, capital of the Khakass Republic, at the confluence of […]
a large mollusk of the genus Haliotis, having a bowllike shell bearing a row of respiratory holes, the flesh of which is used for food and the shell for ornament and as a source of mother-of-pearl. Contemporary Examples In California, tourists have been pitted against career foragers, causing problems for wild mushrooms and abalone. The […]