- to the rear of; aft of: the fife rail abaft the mainmast.
- in the direction of the stern; astern; aft.
Origin of abaft
Examples from the Web for abaft
The sound came from abaft his beam and his disquietude increased.Blow The Man Down
I had them all ready, and went to my desk in my room, just abaft the pilot-house, for them.Down South
Up with your helm, abaft there, and let her go off square before the wind!The Missing Merchantman
"I'm on the port side just abaft the pantry," I answered, shaking him by the hand.A Bid for Fortune
Mr Culpepper was abaft, walking by himself, when Bob went up and accosted him.Percival Keene
- closer to the stern than to another place on a vesselwith the wind abaft
- behind; aft ofabaft the mast
Word Origin and History for abaft
"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.