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Aft vs. Stern

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Aftnoun

(nautical) The stern portion of a vessel.

Sternadjective

Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.

Aftnoun

: the time of day from noon until early evening.

Sternadjective

Grim and forbidding in appearance.

Aftadverb

(nautical) At, near, or towards the stern of a vessel (with the frame of reference within the vessel).

Sternnoun

(nautical) The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.

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Aftadjective

located at the back of a boat, ship, or airplane

Sternnoun

(figurative) The post of management or direction.

Aftadverb

Near or towards the stern of a vessel; astern; abaft.

Sternnoun

The hinder part of anything.

Aftadjective

(nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail

Sternnoun

The tail of an animal; now used only of the tail of a dog.

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Aftadverb

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’;

Sternnoun

A bird, the black tern.

Aft

, in nautical terminology, is an adjective or adverb meaning 'towards the stern (rear) of the ship', when the frame of reference is within the ship, headed at the fore. For example, or .

‘Aft’; ‘Able Seaman Smith; lie aft!’; ‘What's happening aft?’;

Sternnoun

The black tern.

Sternnoun

The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.

Sternnoun

The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.

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Sternnoun

Fig.: The post of management or direction.

‘And sit chiefest stern of public weal.’;

Sternnoun

The hinder part of anything.

Sternnoun

The tail of an animal; - now used only of the tail of a dog.

Sternadjective

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.

‘The sterne wind so loud gan to rout.’; ‘I would outstare the sternest eyes that look.’; ‘When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept;Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.’; ‘Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard.’; ‘These barren rocks, your stern inheritance.’;

Sternadjective

Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.

Sternnoun

the rear part of a ship

Sternnoun

United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)

Sternnoun

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?’;

Sternadjective

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect;

‘an austere expression’; ‘a stern face’;

Sternadjective

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty;

‘grim determination’; ‘grim necessity’; ‘Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty’; ‘relentless persecution’; ‘the stern demands of parenthood’;

Sternadjective

severe and unremitting in making demands;

‘an exacting instructor’; ‘a stern disciplinarian’; ‘strict standards’;

Stern

The stern is the back or aft-most part of a ship or boat, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter rail to the taffrail. The stern lies opposite the bow, the foremost part of a ship.

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