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Backwards, behind. It is a word employed in two senses in maritime use. (1) In movement, that of a ship going backwards. (2) In direction, directly behind a ship. As an order given to the engine room of a ship for the movement of its engines, it indicates that they must be made to revolve in the reverse direction.

(1) In movement, that of a ship going backwards. (2) In direction, directly behind a ship. As an order given to the engine room of a ship for the movement of its engines, it indicates that they must be made to revolve in the reverse direction.

See e.g. ahead, and for illus. see relative bearings.

See e.g. ahead, and for illus. see relative bearings.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.


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