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[sturn-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈstɜrn moʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
adjective, Nautical
farthest aft.
nearest the stern.
Origin of sternmost
1615-25; stern2 + -most Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Presently the sternmost was seen to put down her helm and lay the other aboard on the lee side.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • The British seamen cheered and, opening fire from their big guns, were soon up to the sternmost junks.

  • On the high tower of the caravel, his arm round the sternmost mast, stood d'Aguilar, shouting commands to his crew.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The viceroy pursued, and towards evening came up with the sternmost, having left his own fleet far behind.

  • On the 24th, about two in the morning, they came up within call of the sternmost, there being then very little wind.

  • At this time our sternmost vessels were two leagues off, and the commodore wore round, and hauled up on the other tack.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Centurion came up with the sternmost ship of the enemy about four in the afternoon.

  • It must have been near midnight, when the enemy began to fire at the Fair American, the sternmost vessel of our weather line.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We followed in the track of the sound, and, for the most part, kept in sight of the elusive shadow of the sternmost boat.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • They found and entered it, a small place, but richly furnished, with a carved crucifix screwed to its sternmost wall.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for sternmost


adjective (nautical)
farthest to the stern; aftmost
nearest the stern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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