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.
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How to use abeam in a sentence
The Sally had crept up until she was almost abeam of the Surprise, and was gaining, ever so slowly, but surely.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
They had the wind almost abeam from the westward, and went along at a good clip in a smooth sea.The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
In a short time we also kept away with the wind almost abeam, a point on which the Foam sailed her best.Peter the Whaler | W.H.G. Kingston
Ahead, abeam, on our quarter we looked, but nowhere could we discern the faintest trace of her.A Middy of the King | Harry Collingwood
There was half a gale blowing on the 4th and though the wind was abeam, the sail was reefed and we moved quickly.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for abeam
(postpositive) at right angles to the length and directly opposite the centre of a vessel or aircraft
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