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    astern - Dictionary definition and meaning for word astern

    (adv) stern foremost or backward
    Example Sentence
    • the steamer went astern at half speed
    (adv) at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
    Synonyms : abaft , aft
    Example Sentence
    • stow the luggage aft
    • ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft
    • the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about
    (adv) (of a ship or an airplane) behind
    Example Sentence
    • we dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide
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