What does aft mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aft(a)(adverb)

    (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail

  2. aft, abaft, astern(adverb)

    at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane

    "stow the luggage aft"; "ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft"; "the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about"


  1. aft(Noun)

    The stern portion of a vessel.

  2. aft(Adverb)

    At, near, or towards the stern of a vessel (with the frame of reference within the vessel).

  3. Origin: From æftan; originally superlative of of. See after.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aft

    near or towards the stern of a vessel; astern; abaft

  2. Origin: [AS. ftan behind; orig. superl. of of, off. See After.]


  1. Aft

    Aft, in naval terminology, is an adjective or adverb meaning, towards the stern of the ship, when the frame of reference is within the ship. Example: "Able Seaman Smith; lay aft!". Or; "What's happening aft?" ⁕The corresponding adjective, in distinguishing one feature of the vessel from another is after. See the caption to the right. Its antonym is forward. ⁕The corresponding preposition is abaft. For example, the mizzenmast is abaft the mainmast. Its antonym is before or, in a more clumsy form, forward of. Aft also describes the direction of movement within an aircraft; that is, towards the tail. Example: "Let's go aft." Meaning to pull back on the yoke. It may also describe the back/tail location or region within an aircraft cabin. Example: "Aft lavatory." The difference of aft and stern is that aft is the inside rearmost part of the vessel, while stern refers to the outside rearmost part of the vessel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aft

    aft, adj. or adv. behind: near or towards the stern of a vessel. [A.S. æft-an.]

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  1. AFT

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Anagrams for aft »

  1. ATF, fat, FTA, TAF, TFA

  2. TFA

  3. ATF

  4. TAF

  5. fat

  6. FTA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aft in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Burns:

    The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'menGang aft agley.

  2. Robert Burns:

    The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy

  3. The Detroit Public School District:

    Further, the DFT/AFT [the teachers' unions] were seeking to have teams of unknown individuals come into our school buildings without proper or reasonable prior notice to administration and staff.

  4. Mike Duthu:

    We deleted the composite mast and deleted the aft house. We took the Marines down to 500 and took half of the medical space away. We took four engines down to two, we deleted a generator, deleted the electrical load topside and we also made some of the systems simpler.

  5. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver:

    The people of Flint have been waiting for action to remove lead tainted lines, on March 4, I was pleased that we pulled and replaced the first lead line. This investment from union pension funds means that we can move forward to remove more lead lines and renew Flint's infrastructure. I am very grateful to ULLICO (Union Labor Life Insurance Company) and AFT (American Federation of Teachers) for putting this idea crafted at the Clinton Global Initiative into action in our community.

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