abeam

[uh-beem]
adverb
  1. Nautical, Aeronautics. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line: The vessel was sailing with the wind directly abeam.
  2. directly abreast the middle of a ship's side.

Origin of abeam

First recorded in 1830–40; a-1 + beam
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abeam

adverb, adjective
  1. (postpositive) at right angles to the length and directly opposite the centre of a vessel or aircraft

Word Origin for abeam

C19: a- ² + beam
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Word Origin and History for abeam
adv.

"at right angles to the keel," c.1836, nautical, literally "on beam;" see a- (1) + beam (n.).

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