- For the acronym, see AFT (disambiguation).
Aft, in naval
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, is an adjective
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meaning, towards the stern
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(rear) of the ship
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, when the frame of reference
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is within the ship. Example: "Able Seaman Smith; lay aft!". Or; "What's happening aft?"
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, in distinguishing one feature of the vessel from another is after. See the caption to the right. Its antonym is forward.
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is before or, in a more clumsy form, forward of.
Aft also describes the direction of movement within an aircraft
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; that is, towards the tail. Example: "Let's go aft." It may also describe the back/tail location or region within an aircraft cabin. Example: "Aft lavatory."
The difference of aft and stern is that aft is the inside (onboard) rearmost part of the vessel, while stern refers to the outside (offboard) rearmost part of the vessel.