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- (nautical) Beyond the stern when viewed from aboard.
- He signalled the engineroom to go astern: in other words, to run the engine in such a way as to put the ship beyond the present position of her stern, as viewed from aboard.
1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, in The Three Corpse Trick:
- The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.
astern (not comparable)
- (nautical) behind
- If one ship is following another, the first is astern when viewed from the second.
- Within the ship, the corresponding adjective is abaft. An object nearer the stern than the mainmast is abaft the mainmast.