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English Dictionary: stern by the DICT Development Group
5 results for stern
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
    Synonym(s): austere, stern
  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"
    Synonym(s): grim, inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting
  3. severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
    Synonym(s): stern, strict, exacting
  4. severely simple; "a stark interior"
    Synonym(s): austere, severe, stark, stern
  1. the rear part of a ship [syn: stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail]
  2. United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
    Synonym(s): Stern, 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?"
    Synonym(s): buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stern \Stern\, n. [AS. stearn a kind of bird. See {Starling}.]
      The black tern.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stern \Stern\, a. [Compar. {Sterner}; superl. {Sternest}.] [OE.
      sterne, sturne, AS. styrne; cf. D. stuurish stern, Sw. stursk
      refractory. [fb]166.]
      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, C[91]sar hath wept;
               Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak.
               Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard.      --Dryden.
               These barren rocks, your stern inheritance.
      Syn: Gloomy; sullen; forbidding; strict; unkind;
               hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel; pitiless.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stern \Stern\, n. [Icel. stj[d3]rn a steering, or a doubtful AS.
      ste[a2]rn. [fb]166. See {Steer}, v. t.]
      1. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
            [Obs.] --Chaucer.
      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. --Spenser.
      5. The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a
      {By the stern}. (Naut.) See {By the head}, under {By}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stern \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
      {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
      {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.
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