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astern (adv.)

"toward the hinder part of a ship," 1620s, from a- (1) "on" + stern (n.).

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Definitions of astern from WordNet

astern (adv.)
stern foremost or backward;
the steamer went astern at half speed
astern (adv.)
at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane;
the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about
Synonyms: aft / abaft
astern (adv.)
(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
From wordnet.princeton.edu