sternway


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stern·way

 (stûrn′wā′)
n. Nautical
Backward movement or the rate of backward movement of a vessel.

sternway

(ˈstɜːnˌweɪ)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical movement of a vessel sternforemost

stern•way

(ˈstɜrnˌweɪ)

n.
the movement of a vessel backward, or stern foremost.
[1760–70]
Translations

sternway

n (Naut) → Heckfahrt f
References in classic literature ?
Do you feel strong enough to prevent the rud- der taking charge if she gets sternway on her?
West Derby off Egremont was painted by Thomas Dove (1811 - 1886) and shows the sailing ship making sternway - drifting slowly backwards so that the anchor takes hold in the riverbed.
The maritime metaphor, shyly induced by "the shore's edge" of an office's "blue carpeting" (90) soon demands that "the blue" lead to a gait that "dip[s] and crest[s]" before it becomes irresistible in its demands for "bobbing, streaming, running downwind in the seaway beating its course close-hauled," makes "the walnut piling on a beam reach, luff unsteadily, and begin to gather sternway.