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a·stern

 (ə-stûrn′)
adv. & adj. Nautical
1. Behind a vessel.
2. At or to the stern of a vessel.
3. With or having the stern foremost; backward.

astern

(əˈstɜːn)
adv, adj (postpositive)
1. (Nautical Terms) at or towards the stern
2. (Nautical Terms) with the stern first: full speed astern!.
3. (Nautical Terms) aft of the stern of a vessel

a•stern

(əˈstɜrn)

adv.
1. in a position behind a specified vessel or aircraft.
2. in a backward direction.
[1620–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.astern - stern foremost or backward; "the steamer went astern at half speed"
2.astern - at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplaneastern - 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.astern - (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"
aeroplane, airplane, plane - an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
Translations
aktenforakter

astern

[əˈstɜːn] ADV (Naut) → a popa
to fall asternquedarse atrás
to go asternciar, ir hacia atrás
to make a boat fast asternamarrar un barco por la popa
astern ofdetrás de

astern

[əˈstɜːrn] advà l'arrière

astern

(Naut)
advachtern; (= towards the stern)nach achtern; (= backwards)achteraus
prep astern (of) the shipachteraus

astern

[əˈstɜːn] adva poppa
References in classic literature ?
All day we sailed, and all night, and the next day, and the next, day after day, the wind always astern and blowing steadily and strong.
There was now a tender yellow moonlight on the river, and the new comer, keeping half his boat's length astern of the other boat looked hard at its track.
Henceforth he has done with the coast astern of his ship.
Pausing long enough to let go the jib halyards, and just as the Reindeer cleared and began to drift astern, I leaped aboard the junk with a line and made fast.
The salmon boat got out its oars and soon left us far astern.
When the Ariel cleared from Malu, on the north-west coast of Malaita, Malaita sank down beneath the sea-rim astern and, so far as Jerry's life was concerned, remained sunk for ever--another vanished world, that, in his consciousness, partook of the ultimate nothingness that had befallen Skipper.
Gradually the heavens lightened; but astern I could see no intenser glow that would indicate the rising sun behind the mist.
Some days elapsed, and ice and icebergs all astern, the Pequod now went rolling through the bright Quito spring, which, at sea, almost perpetually reigns on the threshold of the eternal August of the Tropic.
Some time before I had reduced our speed, for we had left the Valley Dor many miles astern, and I felt comparatively safe.
He came out on deck and, peering over the side, descried the lone canoe floating a short distance astern with its grim and grisly freight.
I played the sailor and the man, fending off the skiff so that it would not mar the yacht's white paint, dropping the skiff astern on a long painter, and making the painter fast with two nonchalant half-hitches.
But few instants were required, when, abruptly shifting the double horizontal rudders forward and astern, he shot upward on the tense and straining plane and out of the pit.