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aft

1
[ aft, ahft ]
/ æft, ɑft /
Nautical, Aeronautics
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adverb

at, close to, or toward the stern or tail: Stow the luggage aft.

adjective

situated toward or at the stern or tail: The aft sail was luffing.

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Origin of aft

1
before 950; Middle English afte,Old English æftan from behind, equivalent to æf- opposite + -t- suffix of uncertain value + -an suffix marking motion from; cognate with Old Frisian efta,Old Saxon, Old High German aftan,Gothic aftana,Old Norse aptan,Greek opís(s)ō behind; not akin to Greek apóoff

Definition for aft (2 of 4)

aft2
[ aft, ahft ]
/ æft, ɑft /

adverb Scot.

oft.

Definition for aft (3 of 4)

aft.

abbreviation

afternoon.

Definition for aft (4 of 4)

A.F.T.

abbreviation

American Federation of Teachers.
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British Dictionary definitions for aft

aft
/ (ɑːft) /

adverb, adjective

mainly nautical towards or at the stern or rearthe aft deck; aft of the engines
C17: perhaps a shortened form of earlier abaft
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