Definition of sternsheets in English:

sternsheets

Line breaks: stern|sheets
Pronunciation: /ˈstəːnʃiːts
 
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noun

The flooring planks in a boat’s after section, or the seating in this section of an open boat.
More example sentences
  • The officer in the sternsheets shouts up to the quarterdeck the news that Arnold is expecting.
  • Note the notches in the sternhook to receive the inwales, and that the sternsheets are notched over the ribs.
  • Captain Ahab, with his leg miraculously intact for this voyage, was standing imperiously by the sternsheets barking out orders to his crew.

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