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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 astern /əˈstɝn/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·stern adv.  Naut.
 1. In or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern.
 2. Behind a ship; in the rear.   “A gale of wind right astern.” --De Foe. “Left this strait astern.” --Drake.
 To bake astern, to go stern foremost.
 To be astern of the reckoning, to be behind the position given by the reckoning.
 To drop astern, to fall or be left behind.
 To go astern, to go backward, as from the action of currents or winds.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv 1: stern foremost or backward; "the steamer went astern at half
      2: 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" [syn: aft,
          abaft] [ant: fore]
      3: (of a ship or an airplane) behind; "we dropped her astern on
         the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably
         on the ebb tide"