Definitions for sternstɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stern*stɜrn(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. firm, strict, or uncompromising:

    stern discipline.

  2. hard, harsh, or severe.

  3. rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character:

    stern times.

  4. grim or forbidding in aspect:

    a stern face.

* Syn: stern , severe , harsh mean strict or firm and can be applied to methods, aspects, manners, or facial expressions. stern implies uncompromising, inflexible firmness, and sometimes a forbidding aspect or nature: a stern parent.severe implies strictness and a tendency to discipline others: a severe judge.harsh suggests a great severity and roughness, and cruel, unfeeling treatment of others: a harsh critic.

Origin of stern:

bef. 1000; ME; OE *stierne (in stiernlīce adv.); cf. West Saxon styrne

stern′ness(n.)

sternstɜrn(n.)

  1. the after part of a vessel

    Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: (often opposed to stem 4 ).

  2. the back or rear of anything.

Origin of stern:

1250–1300; ME sterne, prob. < ON stjōrn steering (done aft)

Sternstɜrn(n.)

  1. Isaac, born 1920, U.S. violinist, born in Russia.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail(noun)

    the rear part of a ship

  2. Stern, Isaac Stern(noun)

    United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)

  3. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass(adj)

    the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

  4. austere, stern(adj)

    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

    "an austere expression"; "a stern face"

  5. grim, inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting(adj)

    not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

    "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"

  6. stern, strict, exacting(adj)

    severe and unremitting in making demands

    "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"

  7. austere, severe, stark, stern(adj)

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stern(adjective)ɜrn

    strict or serious

    a stern teacher; a stern expression

Wiktionary

  1. stern(Noun)

    The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.

  2. Origin: From stern, sterne, sturne, from styrne, from sturnijaz, from ster-. Cognate with stern, stornen, stuurs, stursk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stern(noun)

    the black tern

  2. Stern

    having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous; austere; fixed; unchanging; unrelenting; hence, serious; resolute; harsh; as, a sternresolve; a stern necessity; a stern heart; a stern gaze; a stern decree

  3. Stern(verb)

    the helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder

  4. Stern(verb)

    the after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow

  5. Stern(verb)

    fig.: The post of management or direction

  6. Stern(verb)

    the hinder part of anything

  7. Stern(verb)

    the tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog

  8. Stern(adj)

    being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits

Freebase

  1. Stern

    The stern is the rear or aft-most part of a ship or boat, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter rail to the taffrail. The stern lies opposite of the bow, the foremost part of a ship. Originally, the term only referred to the aft port section of the ship, but eventually came to refer to the entire back of a vessel. The stern end of a ship is indicated with a white navigation light at night. Sterns on European and American wooden sailing ships began with two principal forms: the square or transom stern and the elliptical, fantail, or merchant stern, and were developed in that order. The hull sections of a sailing ship located before the stern are composed of a series of U-shaped rib-like frames set in a sloped or "cant" arrangement, with the last frame before the stern being called the fashion timber or fashion piece, so called for "fashioning" the after part of the ship. This frame is designed to support the various beams that make up the stern. In 1817 the British naval architect Sir Robert Seppings first introduced the concept of the round or circular stern. The square stern had been an easy target for enemy cannon, and could not support the weight of heavy stern chase guns. But Seppings' design left the rudder head exposed, and was regarded by many as simply ugly—no American warships were designed with such sterns, and the round stern was quickly superseded by the elliptical stern. The United States began building the first elliptical stern warship in 1820, a decade before the British. The USS Brandywine became the first sailing ship to sport such a stern. Though a great improvement over the transom stern in terms of its vulnerability to attack when under fire, elliptical sterns still had obvious weaknesses which the next major stern development—the iron-hulled cruiser stern—addressed far better and with much different materials.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

stern(adjective)

harsh, severe or strict

The teacher looked rather stern; stern discipline.

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