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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 ?
For as in this world, head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the Commodore on the quarter-deck gets his atmosphere at second hand from the sailors on the forecastle.
It comes in over the boat's bow, passes around a drum, and is payed out astern.
Stryver shouldered his way through the law, like some great engine forcing itself through turbid water, and dragged his useful friend in his wake, like a boat towed astern.
What with the cries aboard the steamer, and the furious blowing off of her steam, and her driving on, and our driving on, I could not at first distinguish sky from water or shore from shore; but, the crew of the galley righted her with great speed, and, pulling certain swift strong strokes ahead, lay upon their oars, every man looking silently and eagerly at the water astern.
The whole schooner had been overhauled; six berths had been made astern out of what had been the after-part of the main hold; and this set of cabins was only joined to the galley and forecastle by a sparred passage on the port side.
Accordingly a sailor was sent up to the masthead to try to catch a sight of land, and reported that nothing was to be seen but the sea and sky, except a huge mass of blackness that lay astern.
Banish fear, my friend, for indeed everything is going as it ought, and we have the wind astern.
Henceforth he has done with the coast astern of his ship.
Sam plied his oars with redoubled vigor, and knowing all the eddies and currents of the stream, soon left their followers, if such they were, far astern.
While anchored here, a boat which was astern of the Eleanor was stolen, and a seaman who was in it was killed.
Instead of shutting off she went astern and, naturally, rebounded as from a wall almost into the Mark Boat, whose language (our G.
In the meantime, we had been swept astern of the ship, and being quite out of her lee, were at the mercy of the tremendous sea which was still running.