- toward the stern; astern.
Origin of sternward
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Examples from the Web for sternward
Sternward on the deck, by the lounge oval, I could see Miko standing.
She was about four thousand tons, and her engines were sternward and not amidship.The Million Dollar Mystery
Gregory turned about to see the black waters to the sternward were rippled with sparkling threads of silver-white.El Diablo
In the end, when the afternoon was waxing late, the sternward vessel stood up so that every detail of her loomed plain.Poor Man's Rock
Bertrand W. Sinclair