2. [syn: aft, abaft, astern]
3. (of a ship or an airplane) behind;
- Example: "we dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide"
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.
2. Behind a ship; in the rear. "A gale of wind right astern."
--De Foe. "Left this strait astern." --Drake.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: stern foremost or backward; "the steamer went astern at
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"
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,