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The stern is the back 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. Sterns on European and American wooden sailing ships began with two principal forms: the square or transom stern and the elliptical, fantail, or merchant stern, and were developed in that order. The hull sections of a sailing ship located before the stern were composed of a series of U-shaped rib-like frames set in a sloped or "cant" arrangement, with the last frame before the stern being called the fashion timber(s) or fashion piece(s), so called for "fashioning" the after part of the ship. This frame is designed to support the various beams that make up the stern. In 1817 the British naval architect Sir Robert Seppings first introduced the concept of the round or circular stern. The square stern had been an easy target for enemy cannon, and could not support the weight of heavy stern chase guns. But Seppings' design left the rudder head exposed, and was regarded by many as simply ugly—no American warships were designed with such sterns, and the round stern was quickly superseded by the elliptical stern. The United States began building the first elliptical stern warship in 1820, a decade before the British. USS Brandywine became the first sailing ship to sport such a stern. Though a great improvement over the transom stern in terms of its vulnerability to attack when under fire, elliptical sterns still had obvious weaknesses which the next major stern development—the iron-hulled cruiser stern—addressed far better and with much different materials..

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Definitions of "stern"

  • Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character: a stern disciplinarian. See Synonyms at severe. adjective
  • Grim, gloomy, or forbidding in appearance or outlook. adjective
  • Firm or unyielding; uncompromising. adjective
  • Inexorable; relentless: stern necessity. adjective
  • Nautical The rear part of a ship or boat. noun
  • A rear part or section. noun
  • Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner. adjective
  • Grim and forbidding in appearance. adjective
  • The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel. noun
  • Having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous; austere; fixed; unchanging; unrelenting; hence, serious; resolute; harsh adjective
  • Being in the stern, or being astern. adjective
  • The black tern. noun
  • The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder. noun
  • The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow. noun
  • Fig.: The post of management or direction. noun
  • The hinder part of anything. noun
  • The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog. noun
  • Severe in disposition or conduct; austere; harsh; rigorous; hard.
  • Characterized by severity or rigor; especially, resulting from or expressive of harshness: as, a stern reply; a stern glance; a stern rebuke.

The word "stern" in example sentences

“There are few things I would deny you, Daughter, without good reason,” Balm answered, her expression stern.. [Shadow Chase]

President Obama's promising what he calls a stern response if North Korea launches a missile, as it now threatens.. [CNN Transcript Apr 2, 2009]

Before she could get any more information from him, Marco walked over to them, his expression stern.. [That’s Amore]

QUESTION: The Associated Press reports that in reaction to what they termed your stern rebuke of Jerry Thacker, a group called Human Rights Campaign said that while this was a positive development, the Bush administration's, quote, "Obsessive focus on abstinence as the solitary mechanism to prevent the transmission of HIV is not based on sound science.". [CNN Transcript Jan 27, 2003]

Storm of mutinous anger gathers round the Captain stern and true,. [The Voyage of Magellan]

Lavishness lives on among the audience members, whose gaudy fashion sense the evening I attended was in stern defiance of Mr. Zapatero's plan de austeridad.. [In Madrid, the Party Goes On, Austero Style]

She liked him for a certain stern soberness that was his, and for his saving grace of humor.. [CHAPTER 8]

CBS trying to sue stern is sour grapes and distracting from their FM disaster.. [David Lee Roth: Amtrak FM « BuzzMachine]

I think howard stern is a pervert and i never give him the time of day.. [The outcry over indecency is a big lie « BuzzMachine]

She ignored him, her expression stern and disapproving.. [Voice of the Gods]

His expression stern and his hair poking out in all directions, Hayden clambered from the bed, sweeping a quilt around his lean hips.. [One Night Of Scandal]

"Actually," Daniel said, his expression stern, "Lace and I were there before we were married.". [Annie, Get Your Guy & Messing Around With Max]

He turned back to her, his expression stern and stone-hard.. [Father Christmas]

Alara gathered her rags around her as if they were the silken robes she had lately worn, and stared straight at the girl, her expression stern and forbidding.. [The Elvenbane]

Keeping her expression stern, she turned abruptly and headed for the bedroom.. [Time of the Twins]

The place was packed and Eden in stern tones stated that under no circumstances would Britain tolerate control of the vital life-line by a dictator.. [So It's Dulles Ditchwater]

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TurkishStern English to Turkish Translate
s. sert, musamahasız, haşin, katı; şiddetli, kuvvetli. sternly z. sert bir şekilde. stern'ness i. sertlik.s. sert, musamahasız, haşin, katı; şiddetli, kuvvetli. sternly z. sert bir şekilde. stern'ness i. sertlik.

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