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

 stern /ˈstɝn/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stern, a. [Compar. Sterner superl. Sternest.]  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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stern n.  Zool. The black tern.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stern, n.
 1. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder. [Obs.]
 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.
 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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stern, a. 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, n., 8 (b).
 Stern chase. Naut. (a) See under Chase, n. (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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in
             aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face" [syn:
      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, unappeasable, unforgiving,
      3: severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting
         instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
         [syn: strict, exacting]
      n 1: the rear part of a ship [syn: after part, quarter, poop,
      2: United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
         [syn: 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, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie,
          tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]