Definition of from stem to stern in English:

from stem to stern


  • From the front to the back, especially of a ship.

    ‘surges of water rocked their boats from stem to stern’
    • ‘Both handmaids bounced about the ship from stem to stern and port to starboard, finding myriad wonders in the azure blue sea: porpoises, jellyfish, the wave of the sea cut by the prow or the foam of the ship's wake.’
    • ‘Slowly but steadily I work from stem to stern, seeking out all the tiny matted bits under her arms and down her tummy that have evaded the brush and set up colonies during the warm weather.’
    • ‘Then a massive explosion rips through the shuttle bay, rocking the ship from stem to stern.’
    • ‘Lying in 20 metres of water she is perfect from stem to stern with the exception of her superstructure which has been wiped from the upper deck in its entirety.’
    • ‘At that moment a heavy wave struck the ship, smashing plates in the mess and shaking the ship from stem to stern, causing much hilarity in the mess; but up on deck poor Winton had vanished.’
    • ‘The harbor is filled every day with all manner of sleek vessels - from 10-foot kayaks, to 30-foot sloops, to oceangoing cargo ships that stretch almost 1,000 feet from stem to stern.’
    • ‘At twenty-five metres from stem to stern it wasn't a small vessel.’
    • ‘On this first dive we wanted to do a general sweep from stem to stern to assess the wreck's condition.’
    • ‘We sailed on into the dreaded Bay of Biscay, anticipating the worst, expecting mountainous waves to wash down the decks from stem to stern and ourselves to be battened down below hatches.’
    • ‘I followed sailors from both countries as tours were given from stem to stern on board HMS Portland.’