What does the word abaft mean?

Usage examples for 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! by 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 by Cleveland Moffett
  3. If one missed fire, the gun next abaft stepped in. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan