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Dictionary definition for: Astern

1. (r) stern foremost or backward; "the steamer went astern at half speed"

2. (r) 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"

3. (r) (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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