• Stern-lookin' guards a-watchin' over the coins
    Stern-lookin' guards a-watchin' over the coins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sternness uncompromising resolution
    • n sternness the quality (as of scenery) being grim and gloomy and forbidding "the sternness of his surroundings made him uncomfortable"
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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
    • n Sternness The quality or state of being stern.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sternness The quality or character of being stern.
    • n sternness Synonyms See stern, adjective
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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.”


In literature:

True, he had always been a harsh, stern man, an unloving father, a captious tyrant in his own house.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Slowly, gently, quietly, the rowboat slid among the green piles until the stern of the big tug loomed overhead.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
In it I see flung before me all the stern world-old struggle become materialized.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
His face is as stern and as cold as a marble statue's.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
What could this stern magnificence portend?
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Then she quailed before her husband's stern gaze.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The sound came from farther out in the stream, where I might reasonably suppose the stern of the vessel to lie.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
She had always attended to the needs of the males of her family with the stern faithfulness of an Indian squaw.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
His face was stern, grave like his voice, clean-shaven, and handsome in a way of manly, independent strength.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
The stern flame was out of sight.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin

In poetry:

Thy boast is of the unconquer'd Mind,
The strong, the stern, the still;
Mine of the happier Heart, resign'd
To Wisdom's holy will.
"Venus. A Reply To Longfellow's "Mars"" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"I quail, I cower, I strive to flee;
Though oft I watched without affright,
The stern magnificence of night,
When Adam was with me
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
He cannot fall who knows to fight
With stern adversity aright.
But soon is laid the victim low,
That knows not how to ward a blow.
"The Two Trees" by Sarah Anne Curzon
The sailors round their sov'reign croud,
Who on the vessels stern,
Now hails the knight's approach aloud,
Eager, his aim to learn.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
"There come four men about the gate,
Their looks are stern and cold?"
"They do but seek the little lamb
That died beyond the fold."
"The Six Sorrows" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Gloomy and stern November came,
'Twas cloudy, and stormy, and cold;
The death-cold youth is borne away
In his frozen mantle's fold.
"Decay" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

IFBB bikini pro Erin Stern says nothing will stop her from winning another Mr O.
From left, are Robert and Marilyn Lohr, Peggy and Jack Illar, Henry Cook, Somerset County Commissioner John Vatavuk, John Weir, Janet Vatavuk and Dick Stern.
Sylla is the Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets at New York University's Stern School of Business.
No comment on reports that Stern is boosting Seattle.
Stern says he will leave his post on Feb 1, 2014, after 30 years on the job.
His funeral service will be at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Kimbrell-Stern.
Jacque Vaughn and Kevin McHale reflect on David Stern's legacy.
Essex County jail Former teacher Brian Stern.
SF firefighters knock down fire at Stern Grove.
Pictured (from left) are club member Nina Sterne of Washington.
Posted on June 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm by Associated Press in David Stern, NBA.
David Stern is determined to stop the floppers, even if it takes until the next morning.
Mike Stobe/Getty NBA Commissioner David Stern said revenue sharing between NBA teams will be incorporated once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Commissioner David Stern agrees with his players: NBA teams need to do a better job sharing revenues.
Morgan 31 pass from Boyett (Stern kick).

In science:

DiCiccio and Stern (1994) have shown that the Cox–Reid test statistic can be Bartlett-corrected, just as the likelihood ratio test statistic.
Improved testing inference in mixed linear models
DiCiccio and Stern (1994) defined a Bartlett correction to this test statistic which reduces the order of the approximation error to O(n−2).
Improved testing inference in mixed linear models
The separation of Feshbach molecules from the atomic gas is achieved via the Stern-Gerlach approach , probing the magnetic moments of dimers at magnetic fields away from the zero energy resonance.
Formation and interactions of cold and ultracold molecules: new challenges for interdisciplinary physics
Figure 8. Trapped charged particle motions (after Stern and Ness, 1981).
Spacecraft Charging and Hazards to Electronics in Space
Optical Stern-Gerlach effect from the Zeeman-like ac Stark shift.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation