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 astern.'' --Drake. [1913 Webster]

{To bake astern}, to go stern foremost.

{To be astern of the reckoning}, to be behind the position given by the reckoning.

{To drop astern}, to fall or be left behind.

{To go astern}, to go backward, as from the action of currents or winds. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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