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astern

[uh-sturn] /əˈstɜrn/
adverb
1.
in a position behind a specified vessel or aircraft:
The cutter was following close astern.
2.
in a backward direction:
The steamer went astern at half speed.
Origin of astern
1620-1630
1620-30; a-1 + stern2
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British Dictionary definitions for astern

astern

/əˈstɜːn/
adverb, adjective (postpositive) (nautical)
1.
at or towards the stern
2.
with the stern first: full speed astern!
3.
aft of the stern of a vessel
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Word Origin and History for astern
adv.

1620s, from a- (1) "on" + stern (n.).

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