Abeam – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of abeam? Learn the meaning of abeam, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this nautical and flight-related term!

Wondering about the definition of abeam? Keep reading to learn the meaning of abeam, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this nautical and flight-related term!

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Ane boat abeam of another in Thassos, Greece. Taken by D. Candreanu via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What Does Abeam Mean?

Abeam is a directional term, used on ships and aircraft, which describes something off to the side of the vessel, such as the wings, though usually at a right angle to the vessel’s length.

See also: aft definition, fore definition, starboard definition, and port definition.

More on Abeam

Abeam is both a nautical term and a flight term, meaning, in layman’s terms, to be alongside or abreast of something, but usually at a right angle 90° or 270°. The word “beam” on a ship means its widest point, usually the middle, so “abeam” gets its meaning by being off a ship’s widest point, which is to say to the side.

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