Synonyms for abaft

Grammar : Adj
Spell : uh-baft, uh-bahft
Phonetic Transcription : əˈbæft, əˈbɑft

Définition of abaft

Origin :
  • "in or at the back part of a ship" (opposed to forward), 1590s, from Middle English on baft (Old English on bæftan) "backwards." The second component is itself a compound of be "by" (see by) and æftan "aft" (see aft). The word has been saved by the sailors (the stern being the "after" part of a vessel), the rest of the language having left it in Middle English.
  • adj to the rear
Example sentences :
  • The sound came from abaft his beam and his disquietude increased.
  • Extract from : « Blow The Man Down » by Holman Day
  • I had them all ready, and went to my desk in my room, just abaft the pilot-house, for them.
  • Extract from : « Down South » by Oliver Optic
  • Up with your helm, abaft there, and let her go off square before the wind!
  • Extract from : « The Missing Merchantman » by Harry Collingwood
  • "I'm on the port side just abaft the pantry," I answered, shaking him by the hand.
  • Extract from : « A Bid for Fortune » by Guy Boothby
  • Mr Culpepper was abaft, walking by himself, when Bob went up and accosted him.
  • Extract from : « Percival Keene » by Frederick Marryat
  • Luxury starts from abaft, and is not wholly lost, even at the fore-peak.
  • Extract from : « The Three Cutters » by Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The fore and main tops are sent up from abaft, and the mizzen from forward.
  • Extract from : « The Seaman's Friend » by Richard Henry Dana
  • If it is just abaft the windlass, it will be convenient in case you wish to slip your cable.
  • Extract from : « The Seaman's Friend » by Richard Henry Dana
  • There was a capstan just abaft the mainmast, and here the men assembled.
  • Extract from : « The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 1 of 3 » by William Clark Russell
  • At that time we did not know how far we might be abaft the Cape 9of Good Hope.
  • Extract from : « A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama 1497-1499 » by Unknown

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