Pa'stern. n.s. [pasturon, French.]
- The knee of an horse.
I will not change my horse with any that treads on four pasterns. Shakespear's Henry V.
The colt that for a stallion is design'd,
Upright he walks on pasterns firm and straight,
His motions easy, prancing in his gait. Dryden.
Being heavy, he should not tread stiff, but have a pastern made him, to break the force of his weight; by this his body hangs on the hoof, as a coach doth by the leathers. Grew.
- The legs of an human creature in contempt.
So straight she walk'd, and on her pasterns high:
If seeing her behind, he lik'd her pace,
Now turning short, he better lik'd her face. Dryden.