Abaft definitions

ə-băft'
Toward the stern.
adverb
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At or toward the stern or rear of a ship; aft.
adverb
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Toward the stern from.
preposition
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To the rear of; behind.

Located just abaft the bridge.

preposition
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(nautical) Behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of. [First attested around the late 15th century.]

Abaft the wheelhouse.

preposition
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(nautical) On the aft side; in the stern. [First attested in the early 17th century.]

With the wind abaft.

The mate sleeps abaft.

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Origin of abaft

Middle English on baft on at on baft to the rear (from Old English beæftan behind) (be by, at ambhi in Indo-European roots) (æftan behind apo- in Indo-European roots)