abaft[ə baft′, -bäft′]
at or toward the stern or rear of a ship; aft
Origin of abaftMiddle English o baft ; from Old English on, on + bæftan ; from be, by + æftan, aft
Naut. to the rear of; behind: located just abaft the bridge
Toward the stern from.
Toward the stern.
Origin of abaftMiddle English on baft : on, at; see on + baft, to the rear (from Old English beæftan, behind : be, by, at; see ambhi in Indo-European roots + æftan, behind; see apo- in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more abaft, superlative most abaft)