- Nautical. the movement of a vessel backward, or stern foremost.
Origin of sternway
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Examples from the Web for sternway
The brig may get a lot of sternway on her should this squall not strike her fairly.The Rescue
This gives her sternway, and the after sails and helm keep her to the wind.
Belay all that—down with the helm, now don't you see she has sternway yet?Tom Cringle's Log
The helm, being put down to bring her up, will now pay her off, as she has sternway on.
Therefore, when sternway is on a vessel, put the helm in the same direction in which the head is to be turned.
- nautical movement of a vessel sternforemost
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