Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AFT – AFT'ER-GUARD
AFT, a. [or adv. Sax. æft, eft, after, behind.]
In seamen's language, a word used to denote the stern or what pertains to the stern of a ship; as, the aft part of the ship; haul aft the main sheet, that is, further towards the stern. Fore and aft is the whole length of a ship. Right aft is in a direct line with the stern. – Mar. Dict.
AF'TER, a. [The comparative degree of aft. But in some Teutonic dialects it is written with g; D. agter; Dan. agters. The Eng. corresponds with the Sax. æfter, Sw. efter, Goth. aftaro, Dan. efter.]
- In marine language, more aft, or towards the stern of the ship; as, the after sails; after hatchway.
- In common language, later in time; as, an after period of life. – Marshall. In this sense, the word is often combined with the following noun; as, in afternoon.
Posterior; later in time; as, it was about the space of three hours after. In this sense the word, however, is really a preposition, the object being understood; about three hours after the time or fact before specified. After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but retaining its genuine signification. Some of the following words are of this kind, but in some of them after seems rather to be a separate word.
- Behind in place; as, men placed in a line one after another.
- Later in time; as, after supper. This word often precedes a sentence, as a governing preposition. After I have arisen, I will go before you into Galilee. – Matth. xxvi.
- In pursuit of, that is, moving behind, following; in search of. After whom is the king of Israel come out. – 1 Sam. xxiv. Ye shall not go after other Gods. – Deut. vi.
- In imitation of; as, to make a thing after a model.
- According to; as, consider a thing after its intrinsic value. – Bacon.
- According to the direction and influence of. To walk after the flesh; to live after the flesh. – Rom. viii. To judge after the sight of the eye. – Is. xi. To inquire after, is to seek by asking; to ask concerning. To follow after, in Scripture, is to pursue, or imitate; to serve, or worship.
A sense not at first admitted. – Knowles.
A subsequent reckoning. – Killingbeck.
A subsequent act.
Later ages; succeeding times. After-age, the singular, is not improper. – Addison.
Is a phrase signifying, when all has been considered, said or done; at last; in the final result. – Pope.
A future band. – Milton.
The appendages of the fetus, called also secundines. – Wiseman.
An unexpected subsequent event; something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end. – Hubbard.
Future comfort. – Jonson.
Subsequent behavior. – Sherlock.
Future conviction. – South.
Later cost; expense after the execution of the main design. – Mortimer.
Future course. – Brown.
The second crop in the same year. – Mortimer.
Future days. – Congreve.
A subsequent divulger. – Baxter.
Part of the increase of the same year. [Local.] – Burn.
An endeavor after the first or former effort. – Locke.
A subsequent scheme, or expedient. – Wanes.
The seaman stationed on the poop or after part of the ship, to attend the after-sails. – Mar. Dict.