A*stern" (#), adv. [Pref. a- + stern.] Naut.
In or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern.
Behind a ship; in the rear.
"A gale of wind right astern
." De Foe
. "Left this strait astern
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.
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