Abaft vs Behind - What's the difference?

abaft | behind |


As prepositions the difference between abaft and behind

is that abaft is (nautical) behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of while behind is at the back of.

As adverbs the difference between abaft and behind

is that abaft is (nautical|obsolete) backwards
while behind is at the back part; in the rear.

As a noun behind is

the rear, back-end.

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

    Anagrams

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    References

    behind

    English

    Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • At the back of.
  • *
  • *:But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
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  • To the back of.
  • After, time- or motion-wise.
  • *1883 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Treasure Island)
  • *:About the center, and a good way behind the rest, Silver and I followed - I tethered by my rope.
  • Responsible for.
  • In support of.
  • :
  • Left a distance by, in progress or improvement; inferior to.
  • :
  • *Bible, xi.5:
  • *:I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
  • Synonyms

    * in back of * to the rear of

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • At the back part; in the rear.
  • * Milton
  • I shall not lag behind .
  • Toward the back part or rear; backward.
  • to look behind
  • Overdue, in arrears.
  • My employer is two paychecks behind on paying my salary.
    I'm two weeks behind in my schedule.
  • Slow; of a watch or clock.
  • ''My watch is four minutes behind .
  • existing afterwards
  • He left behind a legacy of death and sorrow.
    He stayed behind after the war.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, / And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, / Leave not a rack behind .
  • Backward in time or order of succession; past.
  • * Bible, Phil. ii. 13
  • forgetting those things which are behind
  • Behind the scenes in a theatre; backstage.
  • * 1890 , (Oscar Wilde), The Picture of Dorian Gray , Vintage 2007, p. 68:
  • ‘After the performance was over I went behind , and spoke to her.’
  • (archaic) Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.
  • * John Locke
  • We cannot be sure that there is no evidence behind .

    Usage notes

    For usage in phrasal verbs, see Category: English phrasal verbs with particle "behind": .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • the rear, back-end
  • butt, the buttocks, bottom
  • (Australian rules football) A one-point score.
  • * 1880 . "The Opening Ball" in Comic Australian Verse'', ed. G. Lehmann, 1975. Quoted in G. A. Wilkes, ''A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms , second edition, 1985, (Sydney University Press), ISBN 0-424-00113-6.
  • A roar from ten thousand throats go up,
    For we've kicked another behind.
  • The catcher.
  • In the Eton College field game, any of a group of players consisting of two "shorts" (who try to kick the ball over the bully) and a "long" (who defends the goal).
  • Derived terms

    * behind bars * behind closed doors * behind in the count * behind somebody's back * behind the arc * behind the bit * behind the counter * behind the eight-ball * behind the scenes * behind the wheel * behindhand * caught behind * come from behind * drop behind * fall behind * get behind * hiney * leave behind * rushed behind * stay behind * wet behind the ears

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    References

    * Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "Spatial particles of orientation", in The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition , Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8