Rearward vs Abaft - What's the difference?

rearward | abaft |


As adverbs the difference between rearward and abaft

is that rearward is toward the back or rear of something while abaft is (nautical|obsolete) backwards .

As a noun rearward

is the part that comes last or is situated in the rear; conclusion; wind-up.

As an adjective rearward

is toward the back or rear of something.

As a preposition abaft is

(nautical) behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of .

rearward

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The part that comes last or is situated in the rear; conclusion; wind-up.
  • * 1599 ,
  • *:Do not live, Hero; do not ope thine eyes;
  • *:For, did I think thou wouldst not quickly die,
  • *:Thought I thy spirits were stronger than thy shames,
  • *:Myself would, on the rearward of reproaches,
  • *:Strike at thy life.
  • The last troop; the rear of an army; a rear guard.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Toward the back or rear of something.
  • The rearward seats of the bus were unpleasantly close to the toilet facilities.

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • Toward the back or rear of something.
  • She stumbled rearward through the bus, hoping to make it to the toilet before she caused a mess.

    abaft

    English

    Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • (nautical) Behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of.
  • abaft the wheelhouse.

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (nautical, obsolete) Backwards.
  • (nautical) On the aft side; in the stern.
  • with the wind abaft
    The mate sleeps abaft

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