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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  astern 
  adv  1:  stern  foremost  or  backward;  "the  steamer  went  astern  at  half 
  speed" 
  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}]  [ant:  {fore}] 
  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" 




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