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astern

[uh-sturn] /əˈstɜrn/
adverb
1.
in a position behind a specified vessel or aircraft:
The cutter was following close astern.
2.
in a backward direction:
The steamer went astern at half speed.
Origin of astern
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; a-1 + stern2
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  • At the end of that mile Jonadab's craft's jib boom was just astern of Tobias's rudder.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Came a succession of blows, not only on the port in the bow, but also on that astern.

  • By this time the wind was a gale, and he knew it was driving him astern, despite his rowing.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • The open lake was astern of her, with clear sailing for two miles.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • In paddling the dugout the Indians all faced ahead, instead of astern as in rowing.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • The ship was sailing plungingly; astern the billows rolled in riots.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Many of them strove to swim off to us, but we left them astern.

    Early Australian Voyages John Pinkerton
  • Casting off the painter of the third cutter, he worked her astern, so as to avoid Peaks.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • “I have made up my mind to haul her off astern,” answered Kydd.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • It came at length, towards the end of the middle watch, and as before, astern.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for astern

astern

/əˈstɜːn/
adverb, adjective (postpositive) (nautical)
1.
at or towards the stern
2.
with the stern first: full speed astern!
3.
aft of the stern of a vessel
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Word Origin and History for astern
adv.

1620s, from a- (1) "on" + stern (n.).

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