After
After Aft"er ([.a]ft"t[~e]r), a. [AS. [ae]fter after, behind; akin to Goth. aftaro, aftra, backwards, Icel. aptr, Sw. and Dan. efter, OHG. aftar behind, Dutch and LG. achter, Gr. 'apwte`rw further off. The ending -ter is an old comparative suffix, in E. generally -ther (as in other), and after is a compar. of of, off. [root]194. See {Of}; cf. {Aft}.] 1. Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life. --Marshall. [1913 Webster]

Note: In this sense the word is sometimes needlessly combined with the following noun, by means of a hyphen, as, after-ages, after-act, after-days, after-life. For the most part the words are properly kept separate when after has this meaning. [1913 Webster]

2. Hinder; nearer the rear. (Naut.) To ward the stern of the ship; -- applied to any object in the rear part of a vessel; as the after cabin, after hatchway.

Note: It is often combined with its noun; as, after-bowlines, after-braces, after-sails, after-yards, those on the mainmasts and mizzenmasts. [1913 Webster]

{After body} (Naut.), the part of a ship abaft the dead flat, or middle part. [1913 Webster]


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  • After — Aft er, prep. 1. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. Shut doors after you. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Below in rank; next to in order. Shak. [1913 Webster] Codrus after Ph?bus sings the best. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Later in time;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • After — Aft er, prep. 1. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. Shut doors after you. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Below in rank; next to in order. Shak. [1913 Webster] Codrus after Ph?bus sings the best. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Later in time;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • after — prep, adj, adv After, behind are synonymous adverbs, prepositions, and adjectives when they mean following upon, especially in place or in time. They are rarely interchangeable, however, without a loss of precision. With reference to place after… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • after — [af′tər, äf′tər] adv. [ME < OE æfter (akin to OHG aftar & MHG after) < of, off + ter, old compar. suffix] 1. behind in place 2. behind in time; later; next prep. 1. behind in place; in back of 2. a) behind in time; later than …   English World dictionary

  • After — Aft er, adv. Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after. [1913 Webster] It was about the space of three hours after. Acts. v. 7. [1913 Webster] Note: After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but retaining… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • After — After, eine ehemalige Präposition, welche nach bedeutete, jetzt aber nur noch in der Zusammensetzung mit einigen Verbis, noch mehr aber mit Substantiven üblich ist. Sie bedeutet alsdann, 1. Überhaupt, was der Zeit, dem Orte und der Ordnung nach… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • after — (prep.) O.E. æfter after, next, throughout, following in time, later, from O.E. of off (see OF (Cf. of)) + ter, a comparative suffix; thus the original meaning was more away, farther off. Cf. O.N. eptir after, O.H.G. aftar, Goth. aftra behind.… …   Etymology dictionary

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