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Abaft the beam


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abaft the beam (Naut) in an arc of the horizon between a line that crosses the ship at right angles, or in the direction of her beams, and that point of the compass toward which her stern is directed.
    • Abaft the beam See under Beam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Abaft the beam the reverse
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. béam, a tree, stock of a tree, a ray of light; Ger. baum, a tree; Gr. phyma, a growth—phy-ein, to grow.


In literature:

And sure enough, after a few seconds, I saw the white object lengthen, and draw out again abaft our beam.
"Tom Cringle's Log" by Michael Scott
In the course of half an hour the stranger was again a little abaft the beam, and he was materially nearer than when first seen.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
Abaft the beam, starboard or port, weather or lee.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
That meant under power and sail with the trades abaft the beam.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
On the bow-pivot, the piece may be pointed nearly from the direction of the keel to a little abaft the beam.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Well, she must be a capital sailer, at all events: look there, a point abaft the beam.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
Wind still abaft the beam, blowing a steady, constant sort of blow; sun cheerful, and sea all alive.
"Impressions of America" by Tyrone Power
It was a beautiful sight when the yachts went off, with the wind only a little abaft the beam.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
When the Greyhound went out from the shore, her sails were over on the right hand side; that is, she took the wind abaft the port beam.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
The sound came from abaft his beam and his disquietude increased.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
That is, if you approached it from the starboard and slightly abaft the beam.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
One point abaft the beam!
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
They were closing on us at high speed at a constant bearing of a point or two abaft the beam.
"Sea-Hounds" by Lewis R. Freeman
Becoming aware of this condition, rough language was used abaft the beam, as the Captain addressed the crew.
"The Triumph of Virginia Dale" by John Francis, Jr.
We've a breeze slightly abaft the beam.
"Rounding up the Raider" by Percy F. Westerman
The wind was off shore, and a bit abaft the beam.
"In the Yellow Sea" by Henry Frith
When the wind is abaft the beam, raise the main tack.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana