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[steerz-muh n] /ˈstɪərz mən/
noun, plural steersmen.
a person who steers a ship; helmsman.
a person who drives a machine.
Origin of steersman
before 1000; Middle English steresman, Old English stēoresmann, equivalent to stēor steering, helm (see steer1) + -es 's1 +man man1
Related forms
steersmanship, noun Unabridged
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  • In the stern sat the Indian steersman, with a rifle ready to his hand.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • The steersman, who was staring hard in the direction they were going, scowled.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Unfortunately, as he arrived at this conclusion a cry from the steersman roused him.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • The father was rowing, and Willie was occupying the proud position of steersman.

    What the Blackbird said Mrs. Frederick Locker
  • Cappen felt smaller than usual when he approached the steersman.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson
  • "Hamilton's far ahead—above the falls now," answered the steersman.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • For their guidance all that is required is a steersman with a paddle, as indicated in the Epic.

  • The very arkishness of the ark makes it move just as the steersman wishes.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • It is important to have, as steersman, one who knows the currents, and just when to alter the course.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • The steersman climbed to the dock, to halt a pace in front of Gerda.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for steersman


noun (pl) -men
the helmsman of a vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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