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[sturn-pohst] /ˈstɜrnˌpoʊst/
noun, Nautical.
an upright member rising from the after end of a keel; a rudderpost or propeller post.
Also called body post.
Origin of sternpost
First recorded in 1570-80; stern2 + post1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Singularly enough a part of it was used for the sternpost of the frigate Essex.

    Historic Homes Mary H. Northend
  • A few yards away from the sternpost was the jolly-boat with the crew.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • A third buried itself in the sternpost, but fortunately did not explode.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • That the sternpost should show, say, a quarter of an inch above the water-line aft, and the rudder be hung thereon.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • After 1854 it was taken on deck from stem-head to sternpost, and certain deductions made for rake.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • Built for length on deck, there was no necessity for shortening up the water-line, and her sternpost had no very great rake.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • The after-body is generally whale-shaped, with the sternpost at a somewhat less angle than the stem.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • Outside, copper shows wear and tear more quickly near the stem and sternpost and along the water-line.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • In another house was the sternpost of a vessel, probably part of a wreck driven across from the coast of Africa.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • Her frames were of bent elm, the sternpost and knees of tea-tree, while her keel was of tallow-wood.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
British Dictionary definitions for sternpost


(nautical) the main upright timber or structure at the stern of a vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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