Part of speech: adverb

Toward the stern; back; behind.

Part of speech: preposition

Further aft than.

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Usage examples "abaft":

  1. It was as black as a coal- pocket, except that you could see the streaks on the seas as they went by, and abaft the deck- house I could see the ray of light from the binnacle on the captain's yellow oilskin as he stood at the wheel- or rather I might have seen it if I had looked round at that minute. - "Man Overboard!", F(rancis) Marion Crawford.
  2. There's the north star ahead of us, and it ought to be abaft the bridge. - "Careers of Danger and Daring", Cleveland Moffett.
  3. If one missed fire, the gun next abaft stepped in. - "From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life", Captain A. T. Mahan.