Definitions of stern

  1. the rear part of a ship
  2. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; " an austere expression"; " a stern face"
  3. severe and unremitting in making demands; " an exacting instructor"; " a stern disciplinarian"; " strict standards"
  4. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; " grim determination"; " grim necessity"; " Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; " relentless persecution"; " the stern demands of parenthood"
  5. United States concert violinist ( born in Russia in 1920)
  6. ( nautical) pertaining to the after part of a vessel
  7. The black tern.
  8. 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.
  9. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
  10. The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
  11. Fig.: The post of management or direction.
  12. The hinder part of anything.
  13. The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
  14. Severe or harsh in disposition or character; strict; proceeding from such a nature; hard; as, a stern command or look; firm; rigid; unyielding; as, stern discipline; forbidding; as, a stern, rocky coast.
  15. The after or rear part of a vessel.
  16. Sternly.
  17. Severe of countenance, manner, or feeling: austere: harsh: unrelenting: steadfast.
  18. The hindpart of a vessel.
  19. Hinder; aft.
  20. Severe; austere; unrelenting; rigid.
  21. The hinder part of a ship.
  22. Marked by severity; repelling.
  23. The aft part of a ship, boat, etc.
  24. Severe in expression; austere; severe of manner; harsh; rigidly steadfast; immovable; unrelenting.
  25. The hind part of a ship.
  26. Severe in countenance, in manners, or in feelings; harsh; unrelenting.
  27. The after- part of a ship.

Usage examples for stern

  1. Look at this stern. – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  2. The kind voice was rather stern. – The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  3. Her eye was cold, searching, and stern. – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  4. The little machine was well toward the stern of the giant now, and they lowered it till it was on a level with the torn metal. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  5. He got all Grace's letters, and read them; and it was only by a stern effort he kept still at all. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  6. His face grew stern again. – Historic Girls by E. S. Brooks
  7. In like manner the strange, stern facts of life fought now for Kenneth Blair. – White Fire by John Oxenham
  8. A light broke upon him, and his face grew stern. – Seven Little Australians by Ethel Sybil Turner
  9. A slight tall figure, stern and pale, very quiet and grave, he stood before us and spoke those tremendous words. – Autobiography and Selected Essays by Thomas Henry Huxley
  10. You'll have to tell the doctor to be stern with me. – Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  11. The Commissioner's voice was stern. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  12. Her face was soft, but its beauty made it stern, and it was easy to see that her heart too was stern and absorbed in her beauty. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  13. It was the stern Picton himself who spoke. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  14. Dickson was determined and stern. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  15. Jimmy asked in a stern voice. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  16. Toward afternoon, the sailors got together, forward, and left Hazel and Miss Rolleston alone in the stern. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  17. We will stand on as we are going, however, and cross her stern; we shall then perhaps get a chance to make out her name. – The Voyage of the Aurora by Harry Collingwood
  18. " I knew of the engagement only a day ago," he answered, with stern effort at self- control. – The Deserter by Charles King