What is the meaning of the word abeam?

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Adverb
  1. (nautical, aircraft) On the beam; at a right angle to the centerline or keel of a vessel or aircraft; being at a bearing approximately 090 Degrees or 270 Degrees relative. [Mid 19th century.]
  2. (nautical, aircraft) Alongside or abreast; opposite the center of the side of the ship or aircraft. [Mid 19th century.]
Adjective
  1. (nautical, aircraft) Alongside or abreast; opposite the center of the side of the ship or aircraft. [Mid 19th century.]
Preposition
  1. (nautical) Alongside. [Mid 19th century.]
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