What does abeam mean?

abeam meaning in General Dictionary

on ray that's on a line which forms the right perspective because of the vessels keel opposing into the center for the ships part

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  • at right angles to your duration of a ship or plane
  • in the ray, which, on a line which forms a right angle using the ship's keel; other to the center associated with the ship's part.

abeam meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"at correct angles to your keel," c.1836, nautical, virtually "on ray;" see a- (1) + beam (letter.).


abeam meaning in Sports Dictionary

in the ray, that is at correct angles to the vessel's center-line. (sport: Yachting)


abeam meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) In the beam, that is, on a line which forms the right perspective with the ship's keel; reverse into the center associated with the ship's side.


Sentence Examples with the word abeam

Squaring her yards, she bore down, ranged abeam under the Pequod's lee, and lowered a boat; it soon drew nigh; but, as the side-ladder was being rigged by Starbuck's order to accommodate the visiting captain, the stranger in question waved his hand from his boat's stern in token of that proceeding being entirely unnecessary.

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