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Definitions of stern

  1.   The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
  2.   Fig.: The post of management or direction.
  3.   The black tern.
  4.   The hinder part of anything.
  5.   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"
  6.   Severe in countenance, in manners, or in feelings; harsh; unrelenting.
  7.   The aft part of a ship, boat, etc.
  8.   The after or rear part of a vessel.
  9.   Marked by severity; repelling.
  10.   Severe of countenance, manner, or feeling: austere: harsh: unrelenting: steadfast.
  11.   United States concert violinist ( born in Russia in 1920)
  12.   the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; " he deserves a good kick in the butt"; " are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
  13.   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.
  14.   The hind part of a ship.
  15.   The after- part of a ship.
  16.   the rear part of a ship
  17.   The hinder part of a ship.
  18.   severe and unremitting in making demands; " an exacting instructor"; " a stern disciplinarian"; " strict standards"
  19.   Hinder; aft.
  20.   of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; " an austere expression"; " a stern face"
  21.   Severe; austere; unrelenting; rigid.
  22.   Sternness.
  23.   The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
  24.   Sternly.
  25.   Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.
  26.   The hindpart of a vessel.
  27.   The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
  28.   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.
  29.   Severe in expression; austere; severe of manner; harsh; rigidly steadfast; immovable; unrelenting.
  30.   ( nautical) pertaining to the after part of a vessel

Quotes of stern

  1. I have to say, though, it's a little strange doing both because Durant is very straight and stern and austere. – Corbin Bernsen
  2. To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  3. I think that the truth is a really stern taskmistress. – Carrie Fisher
  4. It is funny because the guy who is my boss now, Howard Stern has a similarity there. He got big being a regular guy. He wasn't the greatest looking guy in the world. – Artie Lange
  5. When I got on Stern I realized that this was the one job where you could be really honest and open, almost like Richard Pryor or something. You can be honest about your life and get laughs. – Artie Lange
  6. Brilliantly lit from stem to stern she looked like a sagging birthday cake. – Walter Lord
  7. False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared. – Charles de Montesquieu
  8. To the stern student of affairs, Beirut is a phenomenon, beguiling perhaps, but quite, quite impossible. – Jan Morris
  9. I don't blame David Stern because a player gets on the court and he doesn't put out competitively. No one can make you play if you don't want to play. – Oscar Robertson
  10. I'm from New York, so I'm a big Howard Stern fan. – Stephen Root
  11. Time's stern tide, with cold Oblivion's wave, Shall soon dissolve each fair, each fading charm. – Anna Seward

Usage examples for stern

  1. You'll have to tell the doctor to be stern with me. ” – Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  2. 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
  3. His face grew stern again. ” – Historic Girls by E. S. Brooks
  4. Jimmy asked in a stern voice. ” – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  5. The Commissioner's voice was stern – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  6. Claire did not speak, but stood there, as if turned to stone, her eyes fixed upon the cold, stern face of Richard Linnell, as he stood back by the door. ” – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  7. “ A light broke upon him, and his face grew stern – Seven Little Australians by Ethel Sybil Turner
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Her eye was cold, searching, and stern – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  11. In like manner the strange, stern facts of life fought now for Kenneth Blair. ” – White Fire by John Oxenham
  12. Grim determination made her face stern and she looked older than she really was. ” – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  13. 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
  14. The kind voice was rather stern – The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  15. It was the stern Picton himself who spoke. ” – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  16. Look at this stern – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  17. Toward afternoon, the sailors got together, forward, and left Hazel and Miss Rolleston alone in the stern – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  18. “ Dickson was determined and stern – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  19. “ " I knew of the engagement only a day ago," he answered, with stern effort at self- control. ” – The Deserter by Charles King
  20. “ 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

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