- 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 helm
He was initially with a group that traveled by motor vehicles, but has spent the past two decades with a horse at his helm.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
James Gunn, the director Marvel handpicked to helm the sci-fi opera Guardians of the Galaxy, was facing a similar quandary.The Next Han Solo: Chris Pratt on His Star-Making Turn in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
July 22, 2014
Morbid Anatomy, with Ebenstein at the helm, seems to do it all, from publishing books to leading international trips.Brooklyn’s Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy’s House of Intriguing Horrors
July 10, 2014
Both of them argue that they were simply burned out after four years at the helm, and it was just time to move on.Inside the Implosion of GOProud, the Right’s Most Notorious Pro-Gay Group
June 6, 2014
She stepped behind the camera in 2012 to helm the Lifetime movie Talhotblond.Courteney Cox Gets Personal About Her Directorial Debut, ‘Just Before I Go’
April 29, 2014
All this time I kept shouting to the man at the wheel to put his helm "hard down."
I managed to get the helm hard up, and Mallet jumped inboard.
I happened to be at the helm, and remained in the Mary and Susan.
I then proposed we should clamber aft, and try to get the helm up.
At this time the brig minded her helm, and fell off, coming under command.
- 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 helm
"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).
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with helm
see at the helm.