Definition of astern adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈstɜːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈstɜːrn//
    (specialist) Parts of boats and ships
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  1. 1in, at or towards the back part of a ship or boat with the wind and waves astern See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  2. 2if a ship or boat is moving astern, it is moving backwards
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from a- (expressing position or direction) + the noun stern.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: astern