1. Stern foremost or backward (synset 400277302)
    "the steamer went astern at half speed"
  2. At or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane (synset 400276839)
    "stow the luggage aft"; "ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft"; "the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about"
  3. (of a ship or an airplane) behind (synset 400276631)
    "we dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide"

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