• Stern-lookin' guards a-watchin' over the coins
    Stern-lookin' guards a-watchin' over the coins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stern severe and unremitting in making demands "an exacting instructor","a stern disciplinarian","strict standards"
    • adj stern of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect "an austere expression","a stern face"
    • adj stern 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"
    • adj stern severely simple "a stark interior"
    • n stern the rear part of a ship
    • n stern 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?"
    • n Stern United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The King looks back from the stern of his ship The King looks back from the stern of his ship
Stem and stern ornaments of galleys Stem and stern ornaments of galleys
"Astride the Stern." "Astride the Stern."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stern Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.
    • Stern Fig.: The post of management or direction. "And sit chiefest stern of public weal."
    • a Stern 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. "The sterne wind so loud gan to rout.""I would outstare the sternest eyes that look.""When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept;
      Ambition should be made of sterner stuff."
      "Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard.""These barren rocks, your stern inheritance."
    • Stern (Naut) The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
    • n Stern (Zoöl) The black tern.
    • Stern The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
    • Stern The hinder part of anything.
    • Stern The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stern Severe in disposition or conduct; austere; harsh; rigorous; hard.
    • stern Characterized by severity or rigor; especially, resulting from or expressive of harshness: as, a stern reply; a stern glance; a stern rebuke.
    • stern Grim or forbidding in aspect; gloomy; repelling.
    • stern Rough; violent; tumultuous; fierce.
    • stern Rigid; stringent; strict.
    • stern Stout; strong; heavy.
    • stern Firm; unyielding; inflexible; hard.
    • stern Synonyms Severe. Harsh, Strict, etc. See austere.
    • stern Unrelenting, uncompromising, inflexible.
    • n stern The rudder or helm of a vessel.
    • n stern Hence, figuratively, any instrument of management or direction; a guiding agent or agency; also, a post of direction or control.
    • n stern The hinder part of a ship or boat, where the rudder is placed; the part furthest removed from the stem or prow. See also cut under poop.
    • n stern The hinder parts, backside, buttocks, or rump; the tail of an animal.
    • stern To steer; guide.
    • stern To back (a boat) with the oars; back water; row backward.
    • stern To draw back; back water: said of a boat or its crew.
    • n stern Same as starn.
    • n stern A tern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stern stėrn severe of countenance, manner, or feeling: austere: harsh: unrelenting: steadfast
    • n Stern stėrn the hind-part of a vessel: the rump or tail of an animal
    • v.t Stern to back a boat, to row backward
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  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Duty. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles.”
  • St. Teresa of Avila
    “Be gentle to all, and stern with yourself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sterne, sturne, AS. styrne,; cf. D. stuurish, stern, Sw. stursk, refractory. √166


In literature:

His look was stern and determined.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
It was drawn up so far under the overhanging limbs that only the stern was in sight.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
With a stern glance Stonor kept the tatterdemalion crowd at bay.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Her face was grave and white, and her manner very stern and quiet.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Do not be so stern with me.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He clung fast, and, watching his chance, climbed up to the stern and leaped on the deck.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
It was a remembrance that called that added sternness to his face: the sternness of deep trouble suppressed.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
It was a curious face; its olive skin bleached to dull whiteness, its expression stern almost to severity.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
A sharper or blunter turn would have ripped the vessel from bow to stern.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
My uncle was stern and ruthless.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various

In poetry:

But, tender blossom, why so pale?
Dost hear stern Winter in the gale?
And didst thou tempt the ungentle sky
To catch one vernal glance and die?
"To A Primrose" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
'Tis thus, from warm and kindly hearts,
And eyes where generous meanings burn,
Earliest the light of life departs,
But lingers with the cold and stern.
""Upon the mountain's distant head"" by William Cullen Bryant
And now, beneath the grove of Pine,
Two lovely Forms were gliding;
A Lady, with a beauteous face!
A Youth with stern, but manly, grace
Smil'd,—as in scorn deriding.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
But they chose for leader a stern sure man
That looked not back on the waste of story:
For his country he fought in the battle's van,
And he won her peace and he won her glory.
"Introit : VII. The Poet Captain" by Thomas MacDonagh
Then did I check the tears of useless passion--
Wean'd my young soul from yearning after thine;
Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten
Down to that tomb already more than mine.
"Remembrance" by Emily Jane Bronte
My heart stood still for a moment,
Struck with a mighty woe;
A faint as of death came o'er me,
I am a mother, you know,
But I sternly checked my weakness,
And firmly bade him "Go."
"Gone To The War" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

7 Things I've Learned So Far, by Noelle Sterne.
Stern, director of the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry located in Devens, will be the featured speaker at the Nov 5 meeting of the Harvard Woman's Club.
A stern teacher of etiquette knows the rules of proper behavior, and she keeps her students in line. Marcello Giordani partners with NTD's Vocal Competition at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall.
4 Songs for double choir, Op 141: An die Sterne.
Posted on December 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm by Tim Griffin in David Stern, NBA, lockout.
David Stern sent an open letter to NBA fans with the return of the league after the lockout.
The ongoing NBA lockout that already has led to NBA Commissioner David Stern canceling the preseason and at least the first two weeks of the regular season will not negatively impact the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District financially.
Even the unflappable Howard Stern was concerned.
NBA commissioner David Stern reacts to the NBA players' decision to break off labor talks.
'X Factor's' Britney Spears Is Stern and Opinionated .
In honor of Labor Day, we are happy to share with readers a column from Andy Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union.
Bruce Ely/The Oregonian "There's absolutely no popcorn being popped here," Blazers coach Nate McMillan says sternly of having to watch road games from his West Linn home.
Gina Stern knows airports better than most people.
When the fore as well as the aft stern tube seals of a 247-meter tanker were leaking, the vessel was not given permission to enter any ports.

In science:

The result for β = 2 was first derived by Smilga and Stern [122] from the scalar susceptibility in standard chiral perturbation theory.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The uniqueness of the bound state for SU(2) was shown in Sethi and Stern (2000a).
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
It was shown by Sethi and Stern (2000a) that for the SU(2) theory the asymptotic form of the wavefunction is invariant under the SO(9) R-symmetry group of the quantum mechanics theory.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Stern, Symplectic surfaces in a fixed homology class, J.
Simple examples of symplectic fourfolds with exotic properties
Stern, The canonical class of a symplectic 4manifold, Turkish J.
Simple examples of symplectic fourfolds with exotic properties