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  1. (nautical; where the frame of reference is within the ship.) At or towards the stern of a ship
    • Note: The adverb is aft, thus; "The gun is mounted aft"
    • The related preposition in this nautical usage is abaft.
      "The gun is abaft the forward gun".
  1. Behind; later in time; following.
They lived happily ever .
I left the room, and the dog bounded .
    Etymology: (term, ífter), from
    • (term, , aftar-, more behind), from (PIE.)
    • (term, , aptar-, more behind), comparative form of
    • (term, , apo-, off, behind). The PIE comparative is also the source of Ancient Greek (term, á, , tr=apÅtérÅ, sc=polytonic).

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