astern

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈstərn\

Definition of astern

  1. 1 :  behind a ship

  2. 2 :  at or toward the stern of a ship

  3. 3 :  with the stern in advance :  backward

First Known Use of astern

1570


ASTERN Defined for English Language Learners

astern

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adverb

Definition of astern for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ASTERN Defined for Kids

astern

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adverb \ə-ˈstərn\

Definition of astern for Students

  1. 1 :  in, at, or toward the back of a boat or ship :  in, at, or toward the stern The island lay astern.

  2. 2 :  in a reverse direction :  backward The ship went full speed astern.



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