[ sturn-werd ]

  1. toward the stern; astern.

Origin of sternward

First recorded in 1825–35; stern2 + -ward

Words Nearby sternward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sternward in a sentence

  • Half of the vessel sternward was devoid of air, but here in the bow we could last a little longer.

    Wandl the Invader | Raymond King Cummings
  • 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
  • She was about four thousand tons, and her engines were sternward and not amidship.

    The Million Dollar Mystery | Harold MacGrath
  • Gregory turned about to see the black waters to the sternward were rippled with sparkling threads of silver-white.

    El Diablo | Brayton Norton
  • His eye was at once turned towards the water; and, like all men accustomed to the sea, was intuitively directed sternward.

    The Ocean Waifs | Mayne Reid