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Towards the stern of a ship, relative to some other object or position. Abaft the beam is any bearing or direction between the beam of a ship and its stern. See also aft; but ‘abaft’ is always relative, e.g. abaft the mainmast (opposite to ‘before’); ‘aft’ is general (opposite to ‘forward’).

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