Adjective "abeam" definition and examples

(Abeam may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


On a line at right angles to a ship's or an aircraft's length.
  1. 'Because the ram was the only ship-smashing weapon available, fleets fought in line abeam so as to present as many rams to the enemy as possible.'
  2. 'That student flew wide abeam and long in the groove.'
  3. 'The ship won't point into the wind, you have to have the wind astern or at least abeam.'
  4. 'Be consistent - drop notches of flaps in the same place on every landing, e.g., first notch when you're downwind abeam, second on base, last notch on final.'
  5. 'After burning down fuel, we flew by the ship, close abeam.'
  6. as preposition 'before I knew it, I was abeam the ship'
  7. 'The airplane impacted a swampy area inverted, abeam of the departure end of Runway 20 and about 120 south of the runway.'
  8. 'For unknown reasons, as it crossed the bar, the vessel turned northwest bringing it abeam of the breaking waves.'

More definitions

1. Nautical, Aeronautics. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line: The vessel was sailing with the wind directly abeam.

2. directly abreast the middle of a ship's side.

More examples(as adjective)

"positions can be abeam."

"lights can be abeam."

"aircraft can be abeam."


Mid 19th century: from a- (expressing general direction) + beam.