- 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
Examples from the Web for helmless
From that moment, helmless though he was, the issue lay in doubt no longer.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
For more than twenty years I have been tossed about as a helmless vessel, without compass or reckoning.
- 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 helmless
"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 helmless
see at the helm.