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sternway

[sturn-wey]
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noun
  1. Nautical. the movement of a vessel backward, or stern foremost.
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Origin of sternway

First recorded in 1760–70; stern2 + way1
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Examples from the Web for sternway

Historical Examples

  • The brig may get a lot of sternway on her should this squall not strike her fairly.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • This gives her sternway, and the after sails and helm keep her to the wind.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • Belay all that—down with the helm, now don't you see she has sternway yet?

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • The helm, being put down to bring her up, will now pay her off, as she has sternway on.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • Therefore, when sternway is on a vessel, put the helm in the same direction in which the head is to be turned.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana


British Dictionary definitions for sternway

sternway

noun
  1. nautical movement of a vessel sternforemost
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