at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane; "stow the luggage aft"; "ships with square sails sail fairly efficiently with the wind abaft"; "the captain looked astern to see what the fuss was about"
(nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail
severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
the rear part of a ship
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"
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?"
United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)