adjective, sterner, sternest.
firm, strict, or uncompromising:
hard, harsh, or severe:
a stern reprimand.
rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character:
grim or forbidding in aspect:
a stern face.
showing uncompromising or inflexible resolve; firm, strict, or authoritarian
lacking leniency or clemency; harsh or severe
relentless; unyielding: the stern demands of parenthood
having an austere or forbidding appearance or nature
the rear or after part of a vessel, opposite the bow or stem
the rear part of any object
the tail of certain breeds of dog, such as the foxhound or beagle
relating to or located at the stern
Isaac. 1920–2001, US concert violinist, born in (what is now) Ukraine
see: from soup to nuts (stem to stern)
Trademark. 1. flammable hydrocarbon jelly packaged in a small can for use as a portable heat source for cooking. 1. a combining form representing sternum, in compound words: sternocostal. sterno- or stern- pref. Sternum: sternocostal.
sternoclavicular ster·no·cla·vic·u·lar (stûr’nō-klə-vĭk’yə-lər) adj. Of, relating to, or connecting the sternum and clavicle.
- Sternoclavicular angle
sternoclavicular angle n. The angle formed by the junction of the clavicle with the sternum.
- Sternocleidomastoid muscle
sternocleidomastoid muscle n. A muscle with origin from the anterior surface of the episternum and from the sternal end of the clavicle, with insertion into the mastoid process and the superior nuchal line, with nerve supply from the accessory nerve, and whose action turns the head obliquely to the opposite side and flexes the neck […]