STERN, a. [G., staring; stubborn. See Stare, Starck, Stark, with which this word is probably connected.]1. Severe; austere; fixed with an aspect of severity and authority; as a stern look; a stern countenance; a stern frown.I would outstare the sternest eyes that look.2. Severe of manner; rigid; harsh; cruel.Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard.Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.3. Hard; afflictive.If wolves had at thy gate howld that stern time.4. Rigidly stedfast; immovable.Stern virtue is the growth of few soils.
STERN, n. 1. The hind part of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stern or prow. This part of a ship is terminated by the tafferel above, and by the counters below.2. Post of management; direction.An sit at chiefest stern of public weal. [Not in use. We now say, to sit at the helm.]3. The hinder part of any thing. [Not elegant.]By the stern, is a phrase which denotes that a ship is more deeply laden abaft than forward.
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