- the after part of an open boat, occupied by the person in command or by passengers.
Origin of stern sheets
First recorded in 1475–85
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Examples from the Web for stern sheets
I made a grab at the gunwale, and caught it in the stern-sheets.
I asked him to crawl aft, out of the water; which he did, lying down in the stern-sheets.
"Let's take the things out of the stern-sheets, anyhow," urged Tom.
Dominic, with his arm round my shoulders, supported me in the stern-sheets.The Mirror of the Sea
He did so, and the officer dropped into the stern-sheets so as to face his prisoner.The Harbor of Doubt
- nautical the part of an open boat near the stern
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