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Pensive vs. Stern

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Pensiveadjective

Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.

Sternadjective

Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.

Pensiveadjective

Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.

Sternadjective

Grim and forbidding in appearance.

Pensiveadjective

Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection; given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy musing.

‘The pensive secrecy of desert cell.’; ‘Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed.’;

Sternnoun

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

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Pensiveadjective

Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as, pensive numbers.

Sternnoun

(figurative) The post of management or direction.

Pensiveadjective

persistently or morbidly thoughtful

Sternnoun

The hinder part of anything.

Pensiveadjective

showing pensive sadness;

‘the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty’;

Sternnoun

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

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Pensiveadjective

engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought

‘a pensive mood’;

Sternnoun

A bird, the black tern.

Pensive

Pensive (February 5, 1941 – May 20, 1949) was a bright chestnut Thoroughbred racehorse that in 1944 won the first two legs of the U.S. Triple Crown. Pensive also began only the second sire line in the Kentucky Derby, as his son Ponder won the 1949 Derby, and Ponder's son Needles won the 1956 edition.

‘hat trick’;

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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