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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asternadverb

    stern foremost or backward

    "the steamer went astern at half speed"

  2. aft, abaft, asternadverb

    at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane

    "stow the luggage aft"; "ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft"; "the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about"

  3. asternadverb

    (of a ship or an airplane) behind

    "we dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide"


  1. asternadverb

    Beyond the stern when viewed from aboard.

  2. asternadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Asternadverb

    In the hinder part of the ship; behind the ship.

    Etymology: from a and stern.

    The galley gives her side, and turns her prow,
    While those astern descending down the steep,
    Thro’ gaping waves behold the boiling deep. Dryden.


  1. astern

    This list of ship directions provides succinct definitions for terms applying to spatial orientation in a marine environment or location on a vessel, such as fore, aft, astern, aboard, or topside.


  1. astern

    Astern refers to the direction towards the rear or stern (back end) of a ship or aircraft. It can also mean moving or positioned behind a ship or aircraft.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asternadverb

    in or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern

  2. Asternadverb

    behind a ship; in the rear

  3. Etymology: [Pref. a- + stern.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Astern

    a-stėrn′, adv. in the stern: towards the hinder part of a ship: behind. [Prep. a, and Stern.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. astern

    Any distance behind a vessel; in the after-part of the ship; in the direction of the stern, and therefore the opposite of ahead.--To drop astern, is to be left behind,--when abaft a right angle to the keel at the main-mast, she drops astern.

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Anagrams for astern »

  1. santer

  2. sterna

  3. stenar

  4. enstar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of astern in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of astern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of astern in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.

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