As a preposition abaft
is (nautical) behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of
As an adverb abaft is (nautical|obsolete) backwards
As a noun baft is
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(nautical) Behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of.
- abaft the wheelhouse.
(nautical, obsolete) Backwards.
(nautical) On the aft side; in the stern.
- with the wind abaft
- The mate sleeps abaft