• (America) IPA: /əˈstɝn/
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈstɜːn/

astern (nautical)

  1. Behind (a vessel); in the rear.
    • 1719 April 24, [Daniel Defoe], The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, […], London: Printed by W[illiam] Taylor […], OCLC 15864594 ↗; 3rd edition, London: Printed by W[illiam] Taylor […], 1719, OCLC 838630407 ↗, page 50 ↗:
      After we had row'd, or rather driven about a League and a Half, as we reckon'd it, a raging Wave, Mountain-like, came rowling a-stern of us, and plainly bad us expect the Coup-de-Grace.
  2. In the direction of the stern; backward (motion); to the rear.
  3. (obsolete or rare) At or toward the rear of a vessel.
Antonyms Translations
  • German: achtern
  • Spanish: hacia atrás

astern (not comparable) (nautical)

  1. Behind a vessel; having a bearing of 180 degrees from ahead.
    If one ship is following another, the first is astern of the second.

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