astern astern


  1. (adv) stern foremost or backward
  2. (adv) at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
  3. (adv) (of a ship or an airplane) behind




  1. With its net loss of 16 ships, the Navy would appear to be sailing full speed astern in its effort to build a 600-ship fleet.
  2. The Greer picked up the U-boat on her detecting apparatus, followed it, keeping astern.
  3. As they dropped astern, the San Demetrio was struck again and began to blaze.


  • Pacers admit to goal of securing No. 1 seed for playoffs

    The Pacers are off to a perfect 7-0 start after Saturday night’s win over the Nets, and the reason for it may have more than a little to do with how things ended for the team last season. Indiana pushed the eventual champion Heat to seven games in the astern Conference Finals, before ultimately being…
    on November 11, 2013     Source: NBC Sports: ProBasketballTalk


  1. In a letter to John Adams in 1816, Thomas Jefferson writes: "I steer my bark with Hope in the head, leaving Fear astern."
    on Jan 14, 2009 By: Thomas Jefferson Source: Edge

  2. "I have dropped astern," wrote Dickens anxiously to a friend half-way through Our Mutual Friend, "instead of going ahead."
    on Sep 12, 2008 By: Charles Dickens Source:

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