Pronunciation: (af'tur-bod"ē, äf'-), [key]
1. Naut.the portion of a ship's hull aft of the middle body.
2. Aeron.the rear part of an aircraft's fuselage.
3. Rocketry.the part of a guided missile behind the nose cone, usually unprotected against reentry heat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.