What is stern?


The stern is the rear or aft-most part of a ship or boat, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter rail to the taffrail. The stern lies opposite of the bow, the foremost part of a ship. Originally, the term only referred to the aft port section of the ship, but eventually came to refer to the entire back of a vessel. The stern end of a ship is indicated with a white navigation light at night.

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More definitions of "stern":

  • (adj): Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect.
    Example: "A stern face"
    Synonyms: austere
  • (adj): Severe and unremitting in making demands.
    Example: "A stern disciplinarian"
    Synonyms: strict, exacting
  • (noun): United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920).
    Synonyms: Isaac Stern

Famous quotes containing the word stern:

    The breaking waves dashed high
    On a stern and rock-bound coast,
    Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1783–1835)

    We tried pathetic appeals to the wandering waiters, who told us “they are coming, Sir” in a soothing tone—and we tried stern remonstrance, & they then said “they are coming, Sir” in a more injured tone; & after all such appeals they retired into their dens, and hid themselves behind sideboards and dish-covers, still the chops came not. We agreed that of all virtues a waiter can display, that of a retiring disposition is quite the least desirable.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)

    Me in my vow’d
    Picture the sacred wall declares t’have hung
    My dank and dropping weeds
    To the stern God of Sea.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65–8)