helm

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[ helm ]
/ hɛlm /

noun

Nautical.
  1. a wheel or tiller by which a ship is steered.
  2. the entire steering apparatus of a ship.
  3. 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.

verb (used with object)

to steer; direct.

Origin of helm

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before 900; Middle English helme, Old English helma; cognate with Middle High German halme, helm handle, Old Norse hjalm rudder

Related forms

helm·less, adjective

Definition for helm (2 of 2)

helm

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[ helm ]
/ hɛlm /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to furnish or cover with a helmet.

Origin of helm

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before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German helm; akin to Old English helan to cover. See hull1
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British Dictionary definitions for helm (1 of 2)

helm

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/ (hɛlm) /

noun

nautical
  1. the wheel, tiller, or entire apparatus by which a vessel is steered
  2. 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)

verb

(tr) to direct or steer

Derived Forms

helmless, adjective

Word Origin for helm

Old English helma; related to Old Norse hjalm rudder, Old High German halmo

British Dictionary definitions for helm (2 of 2)

helm

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/ (hɛlm) /

noun

an archaic or poetic word for helmet

verb

(tr) archaic, or poetic to supply with a helmet

Word Origin for helm

Old English helm; related to helan to cover, Old Norse hjalmr, Gothic hilms, Old High German helm helmet, Sanskrit śárman protection
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Idioms and Phrases with helm

helm


see at the helm.

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