Definition for A-BREAST'

A-BREAST', adv. [abrest'; from a and breast.]

  1. Side by side; with the breasts in a line. Two men rode abreast.
  2. In marine language, ships are abreast when their heads are equally advanced; and they are abreast of objects when the objects are on a line with the beam. Hence,
  3. Opposite; against; on a line with – as, a ship was abreast of Montauk point. – A seaman's phrase.

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