(adverb, preposition)


1. at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane

- ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft

Similar word(s): aft, astern

Sentences with abaft as an adverb:

- with the wind abaft

- The mate sleeps abaft


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

- abaft the wheelhouse.