- a wheel or tiller by which a ship is steered.
- the entire steering apparatus of a ship.
- the angle with the fore-and-aft line made by a rudder when turned: 15-degree helm.
- the place or post of control: A stern taskmaster was at the helm of the company.
- to steer; direct.
Origin of helm1
- Also heaume. Also called great helm. a medieval helmet, typically formed as a single cylindrical piece with a flat or raised top, completely enclosing the head.
- Archaic. a helmet.
- to furnish or cover with a helmet.
Origin of helm2
Examples from the Web for helming
During the mid-to-late 1980s, he went on an absolute tear, helming a plethora of irresistible entertainments.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper
July 27, 2014
I had no trouble signing the nudity rider because I knew that Andrew Haigh was helming the show.‘Looking’ Star Jonathan Groff Talks About His Big Gay TV Show. (And Whether We Should Call It That.)
January 16, 2014
In another wheat field the Helming boys picked up a prairie vole.
A northern white-footed mouse was caught alive by the Helming boys in an orchard on July 16.
- the wheel, tiller, or entire apparatus by which a vessel is steered
- the position of the helm: that is, on the side of the keel opposite from that of the rudder
- a position of leadership or control (esp in the phrase at the helm)
- (tr) to direct or steer
- an archaic or poetic word for helmet
- (tr) archaic, or poetic to supply with a helmet
Word Origin and History for helming
"a helmet," c.1200, from Old English helm "protection, covering; crown, helmet," and perhaps also from cognate Old Norse hjalmr, from Proto-Germanic *helmaz "protective covering," from PIE *kel- "to cover, to hide" (see cell). Italian elmo, Spanish yelmo are from Germanic.
"handle of a tiller," late 13c., from Old English helma "rudder; position of guidance, control," from Proto-Germanic *halbma- (cf. Old Norse hjalm, Old High German helmo, German Helm "handle"), from PIE *kelp- "to hold, grasp" (see helve).
Idioms and Phrases with helming
see at the helm.