astern

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See also: aștern

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Etymology[edit]

From a- (towards) +‎ stern (rear part of a vessel).

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astern (comparative more astern, superlative most astern)

  1. (nautical) At, or any distance behind, the stern; further in that direction; backward (motion).

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astern (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) Behind a vessel; having a bearing of 180 degrees from ahead.
    • If one ship is following another, the first is astern of the second.
    • 1838, M. Guizot, J. Stuart Wortley, editor, Memoirs of George Monk, Duke of Albemarle, London: Richard Bentley, page 307:
      When we first espied the Dutch fleet sailing towards us, our whole blue squadron was astern much farther from us, so that Prince Rupert thought it absolutely necessary to slacken sail that they might have time to join us.
    • 1901, W. Clark Russell, The Ship's Adventure, Westminster: Archibald Constable, page 304:
      The galley fire was lighted; coffee was boiled; the sun shone brightly, and the ship astern was coming up fast.

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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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