- Nautical, Aeronautics. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line: The vessel was sailing with the wind directly abeam.
- directly abreast the middle of a ship's side.
Origin of abeam
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Examples from the Web for abeam
For if ahead, he would have stopped; if abeam, stood for it.
The schooner flying the Mexican flag remained hove to abeam.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Just as the 'Texas' got abeam of her she was shaken by a mighty explosion.
The 'Oregon' was abeam of the 'Colon' then, and the gallant Don gave it up.
Soon we had it off our bow, abeam, on our quarter; we were inshore.The U-boat hunters</p>
James B. Connolly
- (postpositive) at right angles to the length and directly opposite the centre of a vessel or aircraft
C19: a- ² + beam
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Word Origin and History for abeam
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