Definition of sternway in US English:



  • Backward movement of a ship.

    ‘we begin making sternway toward the shoal’
    • ‘You do not want to make headway or sternway but simply pivot with a continuous motion.’
    • ‘Try dropping the anchor while simultaneously backing down under power, making sternway, to see how the boat handles.’
    • ‘Be sure that the rudder is amidships, or else aimed to port if the boat starts making sternway.’
    • ‘As you begin lowering the anchor, the helmsman can shift the engine into idle reverse, so that the vessel just begins making slight sternway about the time the anchor reaches the bottom.’
    • ‘If this does not work, but results in sternway, shove the tiller clear over to the opposite side.’