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Stern meaning

stern - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; " he deserves a good kick in the butt"; " are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
  2. 2. The black tern.
  3. 3. Having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous; austere; fixed; unchanging; unrelenting; hence, serious; resolute; harsh; as, a sternresolve; a stern necessity; a stern heart; a stern gaze; a stern decree.
  4. 4. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
  5. 5. The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
  6. 6. Fig.: The post of management or direction.
  7. 7. The hinder part of anything.
  8. 8. The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
  9. 9. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.
  10. 10. Hinder; aft.
  11. 11. Severe; austere; unrelenting; rigid.
  12. 12. The hinder part of a ship.

stern - examples of usage

  1. The owl heard him at work, and started a stern chase. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  2. Her stern went higher. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. There's a light over the stern, and the Second Mate or myself will be up here all the time." - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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