a·baft (ə-băft) Nautical
Toward the stern from.
Toward the stern.
[Middle English on baft : on, at; see ON + baft, to the rear (from Old English beæftan, behind : be, by, at; see ambhi in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + æftan, behind; see apo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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