After body(Naut.), the part of a ship abaft the dead flat, or middle part.

(Aft"er), prep.

1. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. "Shut doors after you." Shak.

2. Below in rank; next to in order. Shak.

Codrus after Phbus sings the best.

3. Later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was interposed between it and the clause.

After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
Matt. xxvi. 32.

4. Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful.

5. Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.

6. Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of.

Ye shall not go after other gods.
Deut. vi. 14.

After whom is the king of Israel come out?
1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

(Af"ri*can), n. A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race.

(Af`ri*can"der) n. One born in Africa, the offspring of a white father and a "colored" mother. Also, and now commonly in Southern Africa, a native born of European settlers.

(Af"ri*can*ism) n. A word, phrase, idiom, or custom peculiar to Africa or Africans. "The knotty Africanisms . . . of the fathers." Milton.

(Af"ri*can*ize) v. t. To place under the domination of Africans or negroes. [Amer.] Bartlett.

(Af"rit Af"rite Af"reet) n. [Arab. 'ifrit.] (Moham. Myth.) A powerful evil jinnee, demon, or monstrous giant.

(A*front") adv. [Pref. a- + front.] In front; face to face.prep. In front of. Shak.

(Aft) adv. & a. [AS. æftan behind; orig. superl. of of, off. See After.] (Naut.) Near or towards the stern of a vessel; astern; abaft.

(Aft"er) a. [AS. æfter 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 and after is a compar. of of, off. &radic194. See Of; cf. Aft.]

1. Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life. Marshall.

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.

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. It is often combined with its noun; as, after-bowlines, after-braces, after-sails, after-yards, those on the mainmasts and mizzenmasts.

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