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astern

adverb or adjective \ə-ˈstərn\

: in, at, or toward the back of a boat or ship : in, at, or toward the stern

of a boat or ship : in a reverse direction

Full Definition of ASTERN

1
:  behind a ship
2
:  at or toward the stern of a ship
3
:  with the stern in advance :  backward
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First Known Use of ASTERN

circa 1571
ASTERN Defined for Kids

astern

adverb \ə-ˈstərn\

Definition of ASTERN for Kids

1
:  in, at, or toward the back of a boat or ship :  in, at, or toward the stern <The island lay astern.>
2
:  in a reverse direction :  backward <The ship went full speed astern.>

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