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stern sheets

plural noun, Nautical
the after part of an open boat, occupied by the person in command or by passengers.
Origin of stern sheets
1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I did, however, look for Osbaldistone, and found him in the stern sheets of the launch.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • Mr. Phillips stood in the stern sheets, the tiller between his feet.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Each boat now had nine passengers, who were stowed in the stern sheets and on the bottom.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • Lingard settled her in the stern sheets and sat down by her side.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Lingard, turning half round in the stern sheets, looked at the smoke on the shore.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • "You are all right now," said Shuffles, as he rose from his seat in the stern sheets.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • He and his wife then followed, taking their seats in the stern sheets.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • Adair now jumped on board, and made his way to the stern sheets.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • D'Alcacer, sitting in the stern sheets beside Lingard, felt a sinking of his heart.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • The officer in the stern sheets, who steered her, then said, “How came you overboard?”

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for stern sheets

stern sheets

plural noun
(nautical) the part of an open boat near the stern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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