To drop astern
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]


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  • To drop astern — Drop Drop, v. i. 1. To fall in drops. [1913 Webster] The kindly dew drops from the higher tree, And wets the little plants that lowly dwell. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bake astern — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go astern — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fall astern — Fall Fall (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. {Fell} (f[e^]l); p. p. {Fallen} (f[add]l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Falling}.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To drop down — Drop Drop, v. i. 1. To fall in drops. [1913 Webster] The kindly dew drops from the higher tree, And wets the little plants that lowly dwell. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To drop off — Drop Drop, v. i. 1. To fall in drops. [1913 Webster] The kindly dew drops from the higher tree, And wets the little plants that lowly dwell. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be astern of the reckoning — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To drop a vessel — Drop Drop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dropped}or {Dropt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dropping}.] [OE. droppen, AS. dropan, v. i. See {Drop}, n.] 1. To pour or let fall in drops; to pour in small globules; to distill. The trees drop balsam. Creech. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drop astern — (nautical) To get left more and more behind • • • Main Entry: ↑drop …   Useful english dictionary

  • Drop — Drop, v. i. 1. To fall in drops. [1913 Webster] The kindly dew drops from the higher tree, And wets the little plants that lowly dwell. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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