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Definition of "sternway" [stern•way]

  • Nautical The backward movement of a vessel. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sternway" in a sentence
  • "Elsinore was up in the eye of the wind, and making sternway, I found that by putting the wheel sharply over, one way or the other, I could swing her bow off."
  • "Then the ship would become unmanageable and drift away, with the possibility of getting excessive sternway on her and so damaging rudder or propeller, the"
  • "The mass of iron fell half in – board upon the now stayed boat, and gave her sternway, with a splintered plank."
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