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stern

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stern \Stern\, noun [AS. stearn a kind of bird. See {Starling}.] (Zool.) The black tern.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stern \Stern\, adjective [Compar. {Sterner}; superl. {Sternest}.] [OE. sterne, sturne, AS. styrne; cf. D. stuurish stern, Sw. stursk refractory. [root]166.] 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. --Chaucer.

I would outstare the sternest eyes that look. --Shak.

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak.

Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard. --Dryden.

These barren rocks, your stern inheritance. --Wordsworth.

Syn: Gloomy; sullen; forbidding; strict; unkind; hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel; pitiless.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

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

{Stern board} (Naut.), a going or falling astern; a loss of way in making a tack; as, to make a stern board. See {Board}, noun, 8 (b) .

{Stern chase}. (Naut.) (a) See under {Chase}, noun (b) A stern chaser.

{Stern chaser} (Naut.), a cannon placed in a ship's stern, pointing backward, and intended to annoy a ship that is in pursuit.

{Stern fast} (Naut.), a rope used to confine the stern of a ship or other vessel, as to a wharf or buoy.

{Stern frame} (Naut.), the framework of timber forms the stern of a ship.

{Stern knee}. See {Sternson}.

{Stern port} (Naut.), a port, or opening, in the stern of a ship.

{Stern sheets} (Naut.), that part of an open boat which is between the stern and the aftmost seat of the rowers, -- usually furnished with seats for passengers.

{Stern wheel}, a paddle wheel attached to the stern of the steamboat which it propels.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stern \Stern\, noun [Icel. stj[=o]rn a steering, or a doubtful AS. ste['o]rn. [root]166. See {Steer}, verb (used with an object)]

1. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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

3. Fig.: The post of management or direction.

And sit chiefest stern of public weal. --Shak.

4. The hinder part of anything. --Spenser.

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

{By the stern}. (Naut.) See {By the head}, under {By}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

stern

adjective

1: of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face" [syn: {austere}, {stern}]

2: 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" [syn: {grim}, {inexorable}, {relentless}, {stern}, {unappeasable}, {unforgiving}, {unrelenting}]

3: severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards" [syn: {stern}, {strict}, {exacting}]

4: severely simple; "a stark interior" [syn: {austere}, {severe}, {stark}, {stern}]

noun

1: the rear part of a ship [syn: {stern}, {after part}, {quarter}, {poop}, {tail}]

2: United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920) [syn: {Stern}, {Isaac Stern}]

3: 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?" [syn: {buttocks}, {nates}, {arse}, {butt}, {backside}, {bum}, {buns}, {can}, {fundament}, {hindquarters}, {hind end}, {keister}, {posterior}, {prat}, {rear}, {rear end}, {rump}, {stern}, {seat}, {tail}, {tail end}, {tooshie}, {tush}, {bottom}, {behind}, {derriere}, {fanny}, {ass}]

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