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[steer-ij-wey] /ˈstɪər ɪdʒˌweɪ/
noun, Nautical.
sufficient speed to permit a vessel to be maneuvered.
Origin of steerageway
First recorded in 1710-20; steerage + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Thus it lost headway sufficiently so that the seas caused it to drift back, without its coming about or losing all steerageway.

    The Rival Campers Afloat Ruel Perley Smith
  • He held her nose up to the open sea, allowing her only steerageway, the gale slithering off her flattened sail.

  • As the other approached, Harry shut off the power of the engines, checking them to little more than steerageway.

    Boy Scouts in the North Sea G. Harvey Ralphson
  • I rigged up a sail out of the oar and the canvas spray shield, but there wa'n't wind enough to give us steerageway.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There was not more than a capful of wind; but once let the canvas fill, and the schooner would get steerageway.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
  • She had no steerageway on her; and you might as well keep out of the storm.

British Dictionary definitions for steerageway


(nautical) enough forward movement to allow a vessel to be steered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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