- Nautical. a vertical blade at the stern of a vessel that can be turned horizontally to change the vessel's direction when in motion.
- Aeronautics. a movable control surface attached to a vertical stabilizer, located at the rear of an airplane and used, along with the ailerons, to turn the airplane.
- any means of or device for governing, directing, or guiding a course, as a leader or principle: His ideas provided a rudder for the new company.
Origin of rudder
Examples from the Web for rudder
Rudder seems content to play the record keeper and let the philosophers sort out the sigificance.
There's no longer a need to make up a story, because now, as Rudder writes, "The numbers are the narrative."
Of course, Rudder admits there are more pieces to the puzzle.The New Rules of Online Dating
Lizzie Crocker, Abby Haglage
February 14, 2013
And sitting in its eye, trying to hire staff, put systems in place, and keep a forceful hand on the rudder, is Elizabeth Warren.Will the GOP Topple Warren?
July 6, 2011
What that tells us is obvious, says Rudder: "People who Tweet live their life in shorter bursts."Twitter Use Is Bad for Romance
April 19, 2011
The rudder may also be curved or warped in similar manner by lever action.
To ensure rigidity the rudder must be stayed with guy wires.
Gliders as a rule have only one rudder, and this is in the rear.
The ship's rudder got loose, and was secured with difficulty.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I used the paddle as a rudder, and to push floating timber away.Southern Lights and Shadows
- nautical a pivoted vertical vane that projects into the water at the stern of a vessel and can be controlled by a tiller, wheel, or other apparatus to steer the vessel
- a vertical control surface attached to the rear of the fin used to steer an aircraft, in conjunction with the ailerons
- anything that guides or directs
Word Origin and History for rudder
Old English roðor "paddle, oar," from Proto-Germanic *rothru- (cf. Old Frisian roðer, Middle Low German roder, Middle Dutch roeder, Dutch roer, Old High German ruodar, German Ruder "oar"), from *ro- "steer" (see row (v.)) + suffix -þra, used to form neutral names of tools. Meaning "broad, flat piece of wood attached to the stern of a boat and used for steering" is from c.1300. Spelling with -d- for -th- first recorded mid-15c. (cf. feather, mother, gather).