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a·baft

 (ə-băft′) Nautical
prep.
Toward the stern from.
adv.
Toward the stern.

[Middle 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).]

abaft

(əˈbɑːft) nautical
adv, adj (postpositive)
(Nautical Terms) closer to the stern than to another place on a vessel: with the wind abaft.
prep
(Nautical Terms) behind; aft of: abaft the mast.
[C13: on baft; baft from Old English beæftan, from be by + æftan behind]

a•baft

(əˈbæft, əˈbɑft)
Naut. prep.
1. to the rear of; aft of; behind.
adv.
2. toward the stern; astern; aft.
[1225–75; Middle English on baft, abaft= a-1 and on on + baft, Old English bæftan contraction of be + æftan. See by1, aft1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.abaft - at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplaneabaft - at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane; "stow the luggage aft"; "ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft"; "the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about"
Translations

abaft

[əˈbɑːft] (Naut)
A. ADVa popa, en popa
B. PREPdetrás de

abaft

adv (Naut) → achtern
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Nevertheless, so potent an influence did this thing have on those seamen in the Pequod who came to the full knowledge of it, and by such a strange delicacy, to call it so, were they governed in this matter, that they kept the secret among themselves so that it never transpired abaft the Pequod's main-mast.
I got up on a pretty high rock, and got a good start, and went swooping down, aiming for a bush a little over three hundred yards off; but I couldn't seem to calculate for the wind, which was about two points abaft my beam.
Louis at four in the afternoon, and she stood on the lower guard abaft the paddle box and watched Tom through a blur of tears until he melted into the throng of people and disappeared; then she looked no more, but sat there on a coil of cable crying till far into the night.
Look at that one, the aftest abaft the bier-bank, read it
Abaft the mainmast the deck-pump was being ceaselessly worked by relays of the passengers; dry blankets were passed forward, soaking blankets were passed aft, and flung flat into the furnace one after another.
He made his way to the yam sacks lashed abaft the mizzenmast and got his bottle.
The bunk next on the port side to the cook's and abaft of it Daughtry allotted to Kwaque.