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A position of a ship in relation to another or to a recognizable mark or place, being directly opposite to the ship, mark, or place. Thus when a vessel is abreast, say, a lightship, then the lightship is abeam of it. Line abreast, a naval fleet formation in which ships steam in position abeam of the flagship, forming a line at right angles to the course they are steering.

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