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Backwards, behind. It is a word employed in two senses in maritime use. (1) In movement, that of a ship going backwards. (2) In direction, directly behind a ship. As an order given to the ...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... adv. 1 behind or toward the rear of a ship or aircraft: the engine rooms lay astern. 2 (of a ship) backward: the lifeboat was carried astern by the...

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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2012
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Social sciences
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22 words

... Shipping term for travelling backwards. Also applied generally to the rear part of the vessel as distinct from forward (pronounced...

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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2007
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69 words

... , backwards, behind. It is a word employed in two senses in maritime use. (1) In movement, that of a ship going backwards. (2) In direction, directly behind a ship. As an order given to the engine room of a ship for the movement of its engines, it indicates that they must be made to revolve in the reverse direction. See e.g. ahead , and for illus. see relative bearings...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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2003
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Language reference, History of English
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... in, at, or towards the stern. XVII. f. A- 1 + STERN 2 , after AHEAD...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • adjourn , astern, Berne, burn, churn, concern, discern, earn, fern, fohn, kern, learn, Lucerne, quern, Sauternes, spurn, stern, Sterne, tern, terne, Traherne, turn, urn, Verne, yearn • Bayern • Blackburn • heartburn • Hepburn • Raeburn • Swinburne • Gisborne , Lisburn • sideburn • sunburn • Bannockburn • lady-fern • Vättern • extern • cittern , gittern • Comintern • taciturn • nocturn , nocturne • U-turn •...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary: English-Latin (3 ed.)

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2012
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Bilingual dictionaries, Classical studies
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7 words
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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

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2012
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Bilingual dictionaries
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11 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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18 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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45 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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25 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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astern

astern  

Backwards, behind. It is a word employed in two senses in maritime use. (1) In movement, that of a ship going backwards. (2) In direction, directly behind a ship. As an order given to the engine room ...
ahead

ahead  

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The opposite to astern, is used in two senses at sea. Referring to direction, it means any distance directly in front of a ship on its current heading; referring to movement, it means the passage of ...
chase

chase  

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1 The name given to the guns mounted on the upper deck in the bows and on the poop deck astern of a sailing man-of-war and fixed to fire directly ahead or astern. They were known as the bow chase, to ...
fog-buoy

fog-buoy  

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A small buoy that, before the days of radar, was towed astern at the end of a long grass-line by naval vessels when steaming in line ahead in thick fog. This gave an indication to the next ship ...
catholes

catholes  

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Two small circular holes cut in the stern of sailing men-of-war above the gunroom ports and on the same level as the capstan. They were used for leading in a stern hawser to the capstan when it was ...
to check

to check  

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1 To ease away slowly, particularly in connection with a purchase such as the falls of a lifeboat (see lifesaving) or the sheets or sails.2 To bring a vessel to a stop, by letting go an anchor, by a ...
fair

fair  

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A term applied to the direction of the wind when it is favourable to the course being steered in a sailing vessel. It is more comprehensive than large as it can blow from about four points on the bow ...

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