Definition of astern in English:


Syllabification: a·stern
Pronunciation: /əˈstərn


1Behind or toward the rear of a ship or aircraft: the engine rooms lay astern
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  • The ship was met by a warm welcome from the Brazilian Navy, being berthed in a prominent position astern of the sail training ship Cisne Branco.
  • Using powerful floodlights to attract the delicacy known to the Japanese as ‘ika’ (squid), the boats employ sails which are rigged astern to reduce the ship's roll in the ocean swells.
  • The ship won't point into the wind, you have to have the wind astern or at least abeam.
2(Of a ship) backward: the lifeboat was carried astern by the tide
More example sentences
  • With no time to lose, the Captain of Glasgow put the ship full astern, and as the cruiser made her getaway in darkness, she took half the jetty with her - ‘a night I will never forget,’ said Reg.
  • As they were rescued, the crew and a desolate captain watched the ship slip astern into deep water, disappearing from view.
  • Captain Elsper went astern, and as his ship came free tried to head for Tobermory.


late Middle English: from a-2 (expressing position or direction) + stern2.

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