[uh-baft, uh-bahft]
Abaft is a nautical expression indicating a point that is behind a given part of a boat or ship. For example, "abaft the funnel" means behind the ship's funnel (chimney). (If not qualified, abaft means "behind the mid-point of a ship or group of ships".)

Note that unqualified or in the "abaft the beam" form, abaft does not necessarily refer to a point actually on the ship; it may refer to a point some significant distance away.

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