• WordNet 3.6
    • adv abaft at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane "stow the luggage aft","ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft","the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prep Abaft ȧ*bȧft" (Naut) Behind; toward the stern from; as, abaft the wheelhouse.
    • adv Abaft (Naut) Toward the stern; aft; as, to go abaft .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abaft Nautical, behind; aft; in or at the back or hind part of a ship, or the parts which lie toward the stern: opposed to forward; relatively, further aft, or toward the stern: as, abaft the mainmast (astern).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv., prep Abaft a-baft′ on the aft, hind, or stern part of a ship: behind.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, on + OE. baft, baften, biaften, AS. beæftan,; be, by + æftan, behind. See After Aft By
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. a-, for A.S. on, on, and bæftan, after, behind; itself made up of pfx. be-, and æftan. See Aft.


In literature:

The wind had wheeled again and coming abaft, the bark shot on into the southward, trying to outrun the gale.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Hence the barque was higher abaft than at the bows.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Directly abaft the capstan was the fore-hatch, over which lay the path of those who walked around at the bars.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
A Saxon word opposed to abaft, and signifying that part of the ship which lies forward or near the stem.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I did so, but he scrambled down, tumbling and clutching, and gripped me just abaft the dolphin-striker.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
It was then quite dark, with a stiff breeze blowing right abaft.
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
They were ordered abaft the conning-tower, the hatch of which was open.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Bulgarian author; Works: "Set Sail Ahoy," "Abaft," "Belay," etc.
"Terribly Intimate Portraits" by Noël Coward
That is, if you approached it from the starboard and slightly abaft the beam.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The standing room, or open space abaft the cabin, was eight feet long, with cushioned seats on three sides.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
There they are, cheek-by-jowl, as cosy as wrens'-nests, just abaft the cook's galley amidships yonder.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
There, on a small sofa abaft, between the two stern air-ports, sat Captain Blunt.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
No; luxury starts from abaft, and is not wholly lost even at the fore-peak.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
He slept forward, messed abaft the galley, enriched his vocabulary and broadened his point of view.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
There he stopped at a door just abaft the ladder leading to the bridge and knocked sharply.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
I am, Sir, your obedient servant, ABAFT THE FUNNEL.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 3, 1887" by Various
We had been struck a glancing blow abaft midships but the damage was not serious enough to sink us.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
This afternoon the ice cracked abaft the starboard quarter; this evening I see that the crack has opened.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
I dropped a line jest abaft the pilot-house, where we figured the men must be waitin'.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Drew and Parmalee were standing near each other just abaft the mizzenmast, while Tyke and the captain were aft, talking in low voices.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes

In poetry:

Tossing, swirling, swept by the wind,
Beaten abaft by the rain,
The swallows high in the sodden sky
Circle oft and again.
"Storm-Twilight" by Cale Young Rice
"Oh, how does our good ship head tonight?
How heads our gallant craft?"
"Oh, she heads to the E.S.W. by N.,
And the binnacle lies abaft!"
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche
Eight bells! and suddenly abaft,
With a great rush of rain,
Making the ocean white with spume,
In darkness like the day of doom,
On came the hurricane.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - IV. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sometimes he hammered in the hold,
Sometimes upon the mast,
Sometimes abeam, sometimes abaft,
Or at the bows he sang and laughed,
And made all tight and fast.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - I. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Then swart Gorgona rears her snaky Zone
Demanding Sip of Lip in poisonous Tone
While back Abaft I cower, for well I wot
A Face like that needs not a Chaperone.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
The rolling road to Melbourne, and grey-eyed girl in fur—
One arm to a stanchion—and one round her;
Seat abaft the skylight when the moon had set—
Before she was married, and I wish it wasn’t yet.
"Before We Were Married" by Henry Lawson

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