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 helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
Fig.: The post of management or direction.
The hinder part of anything.
The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.
stern in Danish is agterstavn
stern in Dutch is achtersteven, spiegel
stern in French is poupe
stern in German is ernst, Heck
stern in Italian is poppa
stern in Latin is austerus
stern in Portuguese is popa
stern in Spanish is popa
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