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

  • n. Nautical The principal upright post at the stern of a vessel, usually serving to support the rudder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A timber or steel bar extending from the keel to the main deck at the stern of a vessel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A straight piece of timber, or an iron bar or beam, erected on the extremity of the keel to support the rudder, and receive the ends of the planks or plates of the vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The principal piece of timber or iron in a vessel's stern-frame.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (nautical) the principal upright timber at the stern of a vessel


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  • We had to replace a couple of planks under the water, the sternpost and most of the intermediate frames, says Mr. Barker, adding that fortunately much of the hull and hatches were salvageable.

    For Fixer-Uppers, It's All Hands on Deck

  • Luke discovered there were stories floating around that a few remnants of a giant sternpost and transom of an ancient ship had been discovered the previous century, buried somewhere along the banks of the Sacramento or American river.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • Mr. Blanky began moving forward to the port side of the long tent covering, carrying his shotgun in his right hand and the lantern he'd lifted off the sternpost in his left.

    The Terror

  • The ‘Endurance’ groaned and quivered as her starboard quarter was forced against the floe, twisting the sternpost and starting the heads and ends of planking.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • The men in the Trojan vanguard might have tried to push their way onto the enemy ships or at least to hoist themselves up high enough to grab the ornament off the sternpost as a trophy.

    The Trojan War

  • There was the faintest scraping on the port side, as if the hull had run against the edge of a sandbar or a rock, and then another cannon shell exploded into the water less than five rods directly aft of the sternpost.

    Wellspring of Chaos

  • Communication by sea was improved by the Lateen sail, in use in Italy in the 11th century, and by the sternpost rudder compass and the astrolabe, about which Europeans learned from the Muslims.

    3. Western Europe and the Age of the Cathedrals, 1000-1300

  • A flat wooden shape fitted on the sternpost by pintles and gudgeons. run Point of sail with the wind aft.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • A stouter, gray-bearded version of the officers who'd jumped into the sea was shouting commands from the curved sternpost: almost certainly the captain.

    Lord of the Isles

  • They leaned into beaching tackle made fast to the sternpost and dragged the trireme another pace up the ramp.

    Lord of the Isles


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