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astern

[ uh-sturn ]
/ əˈstɜrn /
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adverb

in a position behind a specified vessel or aircraft: The cutter was following close astern.
in a backward direction: The steamer went astern at half speed.

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Origin of astern

First recorded in 1620–30; a-1 + stern2
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British Dictionary definitions for astern

astern
/ (əˈstɜːn) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive) nautical

at or towards the stern
with the stern firstfull speed astern!
aft of the stern of a vessel
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