1) ADV: be ADV Something that is astern is at the back of a ship or behind the back part. [TECHNICAL]
The captain was astern, pretending he was sleeping.2) ADV: ADV after v, from ADV A ship that is moving astern is moving backwards. [TECHNICAL]
At the crucial moment, the barge would not go astern.
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Astern — A*stern , adv. [Pref. a + stern.] (Naut.) 1. In or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern. [1913 Webster] 2. Behind a ship; in the rear. A gale of wind right astern. De Foe. Left this strait… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Astern — Berg Aster (Aster amellus) Systematik Euasteriden II Ordnung: Asternartige (Asterales) … Deutsch Wikipedia
astern — [ə stʉrn′] adv. [ A 1 + STERN2] 1. behind a ship or aircraft [a keg bobbed up astern] 2. AFT1: not a nautical usage 3. backward; in a reverse direction [full speed astern] … English World dictionary
astern — 1620s, from A (Cf. a ) (1) on + STERN (Cf. stern) (n.) … Etymology dictionary
astern — *abaft, aft Analogous words: after, hind, rear, back (see POSTERIOR) Antonyms: ahead Contrasted words: *before, forward … New Dictionary of Synonyms
astern — [adv] backward abaft, aft, rear, rearward; concept 581 Ant. forward … New thesaurus
astern — ► ADVERB ▪ behind or towards the rear of a ship or aircraft … English terms dictionary
astern — /euh sterrn /, adv. 1. in a position behind a specified vessel or aircraft: The cutter was following close astern. 2. in a backward direction: The steamer went astern at half speed. [1620 30; A 1 + STERN2] * * * … Universalium
astern — A location or distance measured from rear of aircraft. A line astern formation is one in which aircraft formate one behind the other … Aviation dictionary
astern — adverb or adjective Date: circa 1571 1. behind a ship 2. at or toward the stern of a ship 3. sternforemost, backward … New Collegiate Dictionary