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adverb (r)

  • stern foremost or backward (adv.all)
    The steamer went astern at half speed.
    source: wordnet30
  • at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane (adv.all)
    Synonym: abaft, aft
    Antonym: fore, forward
    The captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about.
    source: wordnet30
  • (of a ship or an airplane) behind (adv.all)
    We dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide.
    source: wordnet30
  • In or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern. (adverb)
    source: webster1913

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