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Adverb: astern  u'sturn
  1. Stern foremost or backward
    "the steamer went astern at half speed"
  2. At or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aeroplane
    "the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about";
    - aft, abaft
  3. (of a ship or an aeroplane) behind
    "we dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide"

Encyclopedia: Astern