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Meaning of ASTERN

Pronunciation:  u'sturn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  (of a ship or an airplane) behind; "we dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide"
  2. [adv]  at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane; "stow the luggage aft"; "ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft"; "the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about"
  3. [adv]  stern foremost or backward; "the steamer went astern at half speed"

ASTERN is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abaft, aft
 Antonyms: fore, forward



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*stern"\, adv. [Pref. a- + stern.] (Naut.)
1. In or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder
   part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern.

2. Behind a ship; in the rear. ``A gale of wind right
   astern.'' --De Foe. ``Left this strait astern.'' --Drake.

{To bake astern}, to go stern foremost.

{To be astern of the reckoning}, to be behind the position
   given by the reckoning.

{To drop astern}, to fall or be left behind.

{To go astern}, to go backward, as from the action of
   currents or winds.

Thesaurus Terms
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