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3 definitions found
 for astern
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  astern
      adv 1: stern foremost or backward; "the steamer went astern at
             half speed"
      2: at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an
         airplane; "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" [syn: aft,
         abaft, astern] [ant: fore, forward]
      3: (of a ship or an airplane) behind; "we dropped her astern on
         the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on
         the ebb tide"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  25 Moby Thesaurus words for "astern":
     a rebours, a reculons, abaft, aft, after, against the grain,
     anticlockwise, arear, ass-backwards, away, back, backward,
     backwards, baft, counterclockwise, fore and aft, fro, hindward,
     hindwards, in reverse, rear, rearward, rearwards, retrad,
     widdershins
  
  

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