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from stem to stern

Definitions

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  • Over the full length of a ship or boat, from the front end of the vessel to the back end.
  • From front to back; from one end to the other end; entirely, fully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. from one end of the ship to the other, or through the whole length.

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Examples

  • The banners of Helium had been strung from stem to stern of each of our mighty craft, but the Zodangans did not need this sign to realize that we were enemies, for our green Martian warriors had opened fire upon them almost as they left the ground.

    A Princess of Mars

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  • A phrase meaning "completely." Originally it was a nautical term referring to the entirety of a ship: The stem is the extension of keel at the forward of a ship; the stern is the rear of the ship, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter to the taffrail.

    December 11, 2007