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[af-ter-bod-ee, ahf-]
noun, plural af·ter·bod·ies.
  1. Nautical. the portion of a ship's hull aft of the middle body.
  2. Aeronautics. the rear part of an aircraft's fuselage.
  3. Rocketry. the part of a guided missile behind the nose cone, usually unprotected against reentry heat.
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Origin of afterbody

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British Dictionary definitions for afterbody


noun plural -bodies
  1. any discarded part that continues to trail a satellite, rocket, etc, in orbit
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