Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Nautical Toward, to, or in the stern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Towards the stern, aft.
  • adv. sternwards

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Toward the stern.

Etymologies

stern +‎ -ward (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Alek looked sternward through the motionless propeller.

    Behemoth

  • Foremost through the sparkling sea shoots on the gay, embattled, bantering bow, but only to drag dark Ahab after it, where he broods within his sternward cabin, builded over the dead water of the wake, and further on, hunted by its wolfish gurglings.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • She just stared sternward, ignoring the Indian crew, her husband and Sharpe.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • Asera glowered sternward; Meder closed his case of implements and materials.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Meder's chest of paraphernalia was tucked under the edge of a cargo net, but it wasn't under the same net as it had been at midnight when the wizard went sternward to take over the watch.

    Lord of the Isles

  • He kicked the shore fast free and hopped onto the vessel's bow, then ran sternward along the gunwale to join Sharina.

    Lord of the Isles

  • The nobles were coming sternward with a care that their clumsiness fully justified.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Metal screamed as a huge spring shot sternward along a track, pulling on the rope to the primary gyroscopic stabilizer.

    The Dragons at War

  • The dark wyrm stood upon the caravel's main deck, facing sternward and digging through the somercastle like a pangolin after termites.

    The Veiled Dragon

  • "Take the launch out, carry the anchor to sternward, drop it, and then use the windlass to draw us off the rock."

    Pastwatch, the Redemtion of Christopher Columbus

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