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abaft


In a direction farther aft in a ship than a specified reference position, such as abaft the mast. See also ABAFT THE BEAM, AFT, ASTERN.
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abaft the beam


The unit of current in the centimeter gram-second electromagnetic system. The abampere is 10 amperes.
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abeam


In a line approximately at right angle to the ship’s keel opposite the waist or middle part of a ship. See also BROAD ON THE BEAM.
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aberration


1. The apparent displacement of a celestial body in the direction of motion of the earth in its orbit caused by the motion ofthe earth combined with the finite velocity of light. When, in addition to [..]
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aberration constant


Wasting of snow or ice by melting or evaporation.
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abnormal


Deviating from normal.
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abrasion


Rubbing or wearing away, or the result of such action.
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abroholos


A squall frequent from May through August between Cabo de Sao Tome and Cabo Frio on the coast of Brazil.
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abrupt


Steep, precipitous. See also BOLD.
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abscissa


The horizontal coordinate of a set of rectangular coordinates. Also used in a similar sense in connection with oblique coordinates.
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