Sternway - definition of sternway by The Free Dictionary
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Backward movement or the rate of backward movement of a vessel.
(Nautical Terms) nautical movement of a vessel sternforemost
the movement of a vessel backward, or stern foremost.
n (Naut) → Heckfahrt f
References in classic literature
Do you feel strong enough to prevent the rud- der taking charge if she gets sternway
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.