astern

[ uh-sturn ]
/ əˈstɜrn /

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. asteriated,
  2. asterion,
  3. asterisk,
  4. asterism,
  5. asterixis,
  6. asternal,
  7. asternia,
  8. asteroid,
  9. asteroid belt,
  10. asteroid body

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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Word Origin and History for astern

astern

adv.

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

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