astern

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a- +‎ stern

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astern (comparative more astern, superlative most astern)

  1. (nautical) Beyond the stern when viewed from aboard.
    • He signalled the engineroom to go astern: in other words, to run the engine in such a way as to put the ship beyond the present position of her stern, as viewed from aboard.

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astern (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) behind
    • If one ship is following another, the first is astern when viewed from the second.

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  • Within the ship, the corresponding adjective is abaft. An object nearer the stern than the mainmast is abaft the mainmast.

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