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.