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Aft vs. Stern

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The main difference between Aft and Stern is that the Aft is a naval adjective or adverb and Stern is a back or aft-most part of a ship or boat

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  • Aft (noun)

    The stern portion of a vessel.

  • Aft (noun)

    : the time of day from noon until early evening.

  • Aft (adverb)

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

  • Aft (adjective)

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

  • Stern (adjective)

    Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.

  • Stern (adjective)

    Grim and forbidding in appearance.

  • Stern (noun)

    The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.

  • Stern (noun)

    The post of management or direction.

  • Stern (noun)

    The hinder part of anything.

  • Stern (noun)

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

  • Stern (noun)

    A bird, the black tern.

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  • Aft (adverb)

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

  • Stern (noun)

    The black tern.

  • Stern (noun)

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

  • Stern (noun)

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

  • Stern (noun)

    Fig.: The post of management or direction.

  • Stern (noun)

    The hinder part of anything.

  • Stern (noun)

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

  • Stern (adjective)

    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.

  • Stern (adjective)

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

Webster Dictionary
  • Aft (adjective)

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

  • Aft (adverb)

    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"

  • Stern (noun)

    the rear part of a ship

  • Stern (noun)

    United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)

  • Stern (noun)

    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?"

  • Stern (adjective)

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

    "an austere expression"

    "a stern face"

  • Stern (adjective)

    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"

  • Stern (adjective)

    severe and unremitting in making demands;

    "an exacting instructor"

    "a stern disciplinarian"

    "strict standards"

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