astern

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adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈstərn \

Definition of astern

1 :behind a ship
2 :at or toward the stern of a ship
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 :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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