Meaning of abeam in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbiːm/

Translate abeam into Spanish


  • 1On a line at right angles to a ship's or an aircraft's length.

    ‘the lighthouse was abeam at noon’
    • ‘After burning down fuel, we flew by the ship, close abeam.’
    • ‘The ship won't point into the wind, you have to have the wind astern or at least abeam.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's when the breeze comes from the side, and slightly abaft of abeam, that a vessel can achieve its fastest point of sail.’
    • ‘Fags were most easily located when the search heading was abeam to the wind direction, so that the pennant presented the greatest visible surface area.’
    • ‘I heard him tell tower we were abeam and landing.’
    • ‘That student flew wide abeam and long in the groove.’
    • ‘He reported abeam, and tower cleared him to land on runway 24 left.’
    in a row, side by side, alongside, level, abeam, on a level, beside each other, shoulder to shoulder, cheek by jowl
    1. 1.1abeam ofOpposite the middle of (a ship or aircraft)
      ‘she was lying almost abeam of us’
      • ‘before I knew it, I was abeam the ship’
      • ‘He instructed an exhausted, unqualified third mate to turn the ship when it came abeam of Busby Island.’
      • ‘The airplane impacted a swampy area inverted, abeam of the departure end of Runway 20 and about 120 south of the runway.’
      • ‘For unknown reasons, as it crossed the bar, the vessel turned northwest bringing it abeam of the breaking waves.’
      • ‘Most angles were measured when animals were passing abeam of the plane.’
      • ‘To prepare for our return, the DDG was to remain 150 miles abeam of West Palm Beach to fuel us.’


Late 18th century from a- (expressing general direction) + beam.